Democratic lawmakers raise concerns over reports the Justice Dept’s antitrust chief provided “lobbying advice” to Dish Network about the proposed T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

  • “The Antitrust Division should focus on vigorous antitrust enforcement, not providing lobbying advice to private parties to influence the regulatory processes of other federal agencies,” Sen.Amy Klobuchar, Rep.David Cicilline and six other lawmakers say in letter to Justice Dept’s antitrust chief Makan Delrahim
  • Lawmakers request Delrahim provide answers about the matter by April 6
  • NOTE: DOJ’s antitrust chief tried to get U.S. senators enlisted to lobby an independent regulator to approve the $26.5b merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to text messages presented as evidence by states seeking to block the deal