A White House official said Kushner didn't intend for the comment to be taken seriously and was only trying to make a point, according to the Journal, which reported that the remark "wasn't taken lightly" inside Time Warner. Stephenson, however, made it clear that AT&T was prepared to fight attempts to block the deal. He added that AT&T was also not willing to sell HBO or Warner Bros., which would also come along with Time Warner if the deal goes through.
AT&T Inc is ready to litigate if the U.S. Department of Justice blocks its $85.4 billion Time Warner Inc deal, Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Thursday. His FCC appointees, for example, have changed a rule that will allow deeply conservative Sinclair Broadcasting - the new owner of WNEP-TV - to reach up to 72 percent of USA households.
Speaking at a conference in New York, Stephenson disputed claims he offered to sell CNN to win approval of AT&T's takeover of Time Warner.
Other sources say the DOJ indicated that a divestiture of CNN would not be sufficient to make sure the deal doesn't hurt consumers.
The DOJ's hardline approach to AT&T - belying the business-friendly image of the Trump administration - has spurred questions about Trump's personal interest in the deal, given his feelings about CNN's coverage of his presidency.
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He also seemed to challenge one of AT&T's arguments in favor of the transaction: that it now faces a competition landscape made up of large Silicon Valley companies.
The White House has said that Trump "did not speak with the attorney general about this matter" and that "no White House official was authorized to speak with the Department of Justice on this matter".
AT&T has argued against selling off either company's assets, as it believes this would undercut the rationale for the tie-up. Requiring AT&T to sell either Turner or DirecTV would be in line with Delrahim's thinking.
Several Democratic senators warned the deal would lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. He previously said he wouldn't be willing to sell CNN. He said the company has "very good" prospects of winning in court against the Justice Department.
In an emailed statement, the Justice Department said that it "is committed to carrying out its duties in accordance with the laws and the facts".