WSJ – Trump’s Antitrust Chief Nomination Is Held Up in Senate

Senator Warren’s objections have held up what was otherwise seen as a uncontroversial choice. In the meantime, the high-profile AT&T/Time Warner merger is being reviewed without the expertise of a department head.

September 21, 2017

‘President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust efforts is facing an extended limbo in the Senate, prolonging uncertainty for potential mergers, including AT&T Inc.’s bid to acquire Time Warner Inc.

The delay in Makan Delrahim’s nomination is due in part to objections raised by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), a leading figure in the Democrats’ liberal wing who has been a vocal critic of large corporate mergers that she says could hurt consumers, according to people familiar with the matter.’

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