“The U.S. Justice Department will not hold a briefing for lawmakers to explain its decision to challenge AT&T Inc’s purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA,” Jasmin Melvin reports for Reuters.
“Melvin reports.In a letter sent on Monday to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, the Justice Department said it could not disclose nonpublic information about a matter in active litigation,” Melvin reports. “Top Republicans in the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier in the month requested a bipartisan briefing with DOJ and the FCC on what went into the decision to challenge the merger and whether the agencies had considered the impact on jobs and economic growth.”
Melvin reports, “Sharing information outside of the judicial process creates ‘the risk that the public and the courts will perceive undue political and Congressional influence over litigation decisions,’ Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich said in the letter.”
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