Turner Broadcasting, which includes TNT, TBS and CNN, is one of the most profitable divisions of Time Warner.
If AT&T and DOJ cannot agree to conditions, the government can sue to block the deal.
A DOJ source quoted by Politico later claimed that AT&T and Time Warner itself had offered to shed CNN to diminish antitrust concerns about the merger.
But AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the Justice Department never asked his company to divest from CNN in order to acquire Time Warner.
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The two sides are still in talks on approving the deal, which was announced in October 2016, but have disagreed on whether asset sales are necessary to gain approval. "We are prepared to litigate now", Stephenson told CNBC on the sidelines of the New York Times Dealbook conference.
The president's vocal opposition to CNN and the deal will come up in any lawsuit, said Matthew Cantor, an antitrust attorney.
"I do feel that you should have as many news outlets as you can, especially since so many of them are fake", Trump told reporters en route to Hanoi.
In an email provided by a DOJ spokeswoman, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that Trump "did not speak with the attorney general about this matter", and that "no White House official was authorized to speak with the Department of Justice on this matter". But many, including AT&T executives, expected the acquisition to be finalized by the end of the year, and the DOJ's pushback has all but ensured that won't be the case.
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AT&T hopes to benefit from marrying all of Time Warner's assets to its own.
The DOJ should forget about CNN and reject the merger to prevent further consolidation of media power.
Several Democratic senators warned the deal would lead to higher prices and fewer choices for consumers.
In court, AT&T would have the upper hand, said Geoffrey Manne, executive director of Portland-based think tank International Center for Law and Economics. "It's hard to imagine an antitrust argument that will be compelling" from the government, he said. The Department of Justice said it does not comment on pending investigations, but that it was "committed to carrying out its duties in accordance with the laws and the facts". "There is absolutely no intention that we would ever sell CNN".
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