AT&T wants to show political tampering as it seeks evidence about whether President Donald Trump influenced the Justice Department's decision to sue to block the company's proposed acquisition of Time Warner.
AT&T wants communications between the Justice Department and the White House about the Time Warner takeover, according to a person familiar with the matter. It's also looking to put the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, Makan Delrahim, on the witness stand at trial, the person said.
If approved, the deal would reshape the media landscape by uniting a telecom giant with the owner of CNN, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS and HBO. AT&T, the owner of DirecTV, is the largest pay-TV distributor, as well as a powerhouse in mobile phones and landlines. The Justice Department has argued that letting AT&T own the films and TV shows that flow down its pipes would harm consumers and competitors.