Democratic senator lifts control over Trump antitrust nominee: aide

© Reuters. Democratic senator lifts control over Trump antitrust nominee: aide

By Diane Bartz

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Senator Elizabeth Warren lifted her grip on the choice of President Donald Trump to head the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, a move that will allow the Senate to vote to confirm Makan Delrahim, a senior aide said Friday. republican.

Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, had met with Delrahim in early September, where she pressed him about her concerns about lobbying and political interference in antitrust.

Delrahim, a Justice Department veteran and lobbyist, has been nominated as an assistant attorney general. It was not immediately clear when the vote would take place.

The president took a generally long time to nominate Delrahim and finally appointed him in late March. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved it in June and sent its nomination to the full Senate.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division is headed by Andrew Finch, who will become a Delrahim MP once he’s in place.

Warren and Delrahim’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lifting of the hold.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, a member of the Judiciary Committee and a Republican from Utah, has worked with Warren and others to address concerns about Delrahim’s nomination, Hatch’s office said in a statement.

Warren was concerned about Trump’s attempt to exert political influence on antitrust decisions. As a candidate, Trump had said he would oppose AT&T (NYSE 🙂 Inc’s proposed $ 85 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc (NYSE :), owner of CNN and one of the nation’s largest television and film companies. .

Delrahim said at his confirmation hearing in May that during his tenure, the division’s merger reviews would be free from any political influence.

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