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Warren Blocks Trump’s Pick for Antitrust Chief

  • Makan Delrahim excluded from group of Senate confirmations
  • AT&T-Time Warner early talks said to advance without Delrahim
Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

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Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren put a "hold" on the confirmation of Makan Delrahim, President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Justice Department’s antitrust division, delaying a vote until at least September, according to two people familiar with the matter. 

The delay means Delrahim remains on the outside as Justice Department lawyers wrap up their investigation of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc.’s proposed $85.4 billion merger and start early talks with company representatives about possible conditions that could secure approval. AT&T’s bid for the owner of CNN and HBO would reshape the media landscape and has drawn fire from Trump.