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Sessions will not answer if White House asked about AT&T Time Warner merger

FILE PHOTO: An AT&T logo and communication equipment is shown on a building in downtown Los Angeles, California October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined on Tuesday to answer if any White House officials contacted the Justice Department to discuss the government's review of AT&T Inc's <T.N> proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc <TWX.N>.

Sessions would not answer a question at a U.S. House hearing about if the White House had any communications about the deal. President Donald Trump as a candidate had vowed not to approve the merger and has repeatedly criticized Time Warner's CNN network. Reuters reported the Justice Department demanded last week that AT&T divest DirecTV or the Turner Broadcasting unit in order to win approval.


(Reporting by David Shepardson and Sarah Lynch; Editing by Chris Reese)