The judge presiding over the Justice Department’s attempt to block the AT&T- merger has ruled that the White House’s private communications on the merger will not be released. The Verge reports: When the department said in November that it would sue to block the mega-merger, thoughts immediately turned to the White House. President Trump has made no secret of his disdain for , and some watchers questioned whether the White House’s hand was present, guiding the Justice Department as a way to exact revenge on the -owned property. The Justice Department has denied any wrongdoing, and said it is only looking to block the merger on the grounds that it is anti-competitive. But to prove the theory, AT&T and requested communications between the Justice Department and White House that could have shown the department was engaging in “selective enforcement.” In today’s decision, the judge on the said the had fallen “far short” of the bar required to receive the documents.

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