A federal judge has sided with President Trump and rejected AT&T’s request to for records of communication between the Justice Department and the White House.

AT&T had wished to use the ridiculous order to CNN’s advantage.

From The Hill:

A federal judge overseeing the Justice Department’s lawsuit against the AT&T-Time Warner merger rejected AT&T’s request for records of communications between the agency and the White House.

AT&T had been preparing to argue in the upcoming trial that President Trump’s animus towards CNN, a Time Warner subsidiary, had influenced prosecutors’ decision to bring a case against the $85 billion deal.

“We respect the judge’s decision and look forward to the upcoming trial,” Daniel Petrocelli, the attorney for AT&T and Time Warner, said in a statement.

The order is a major win for the Justice Department, which had called the argument a “sideshow,” and a setback for AT&T, which had attempted to use Trump’s attacks on CNN to its advantage.

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