The judge overseeing the Department of Justice's anti-competition lawsuit against AT&T's (T) proposed merger with Time Warner (TWX) has ruled that the company does not have the right to view White House correspondence concerning the matter.
AT&T says that the merger was singled out by the Department of Justice because of Donald Trump's personal dislike of CNN, which is a property of Time Warner. As a result, AT&T wanted to see communication logs from the White House to prove that there was something amiss about the DOJ's review process.
However, the judge ruled that the company hasn't provided credible reason for the court to subpoena the communication records.
"Defendants have fallen far short of establishing that this enforcement action was selective -- that is, that there 'exist persons similarly situated who have not been prosecuted," U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said.
Additionally, Judge Leon pointed out that the DOJ had given AT&T "a list of all written communications between the White House and the Antitrust Division that relate to the subject of the merger."
Those logs contained no evidence of "untoward" communications, according to the court.