Justice Department reportedly trying to get state AGs to support T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger

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We recently heard rumors say that the Justice Department could announce its approval of the T-Mobile-Sprint merger mid-week, but now it looks like it’s not going to happen. A new report has shed some light on why that announcement may not have come yet.

The Justice Department is in talks with some of the state attorneys general who filed a lawsuit to block T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department is trying to get some of the state AGs to support the deal that’ll see Dish buy wireless assets from T-Mo and Sprint to form a fourth competitive U.S. carrier.

The discussions between the Justice Department and state attorneys general are said to be ongoing. At this stage, it’s not known if any of the state AGs will change their minds and support the deal between T-Mobile, Sprint, and Dish.

Fox Business‘s Charlie Gasparino backed up this rumor about the Justice Department talking to state attorneys general, saying that the agency is trying to “‘pick off’ at least one of the state AGs” at the last minute. He adds that the Justice Department’s merger approval announcement has been “delayed until at least Friday.”

A group of state attorneys general from 13 states and Washington D.C. have filed a lawsuit to block T-Mobile and Sprint’s merger, arguing that it will harm competition, raise prices, and reduce jobs. The states involved in the lawsuit include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.

Sources: Wall Street Journal, Charlie Gasparino (Twitter)

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  • Mike McDonald

    Again, there’s backchannel discussions about how much money it’s going to take to get a state AG to move. Obviously not a direct bribe but what kind of “investment” in a new regional office or technical research center or a call center located in that AG’s state. I live in MI and could easily see an R & D facility in between Lansing & Ann Arbor or even near Grand Rapids w/ the engineering/technical talent complements of the University of Michigan & Michigan State University plus other statewide schools like Michigan Tech. 250 newly announced tax paying jobs certainly could make a so-called “competitive dominance” be, uh, well, overlooked for a later review.

    • marque2

      Exactly!

  • Well they’re Democrats. Just tell Verizon and AT&T to give them money under the table and they’ll be putty in your hands.

    • Trevnerdio

      I mean, that’s a pretty politician thing to do in general. Only ones that wouldn’t cave to money are Ron Paul and….well, that’s about it. The two party system really needs to go

      • Acdc1a

        I believe that all political parties should be abolished, but also find it amazing that only Democrats are fighting this. If it was truly a problem there would be at least 1 Republican AG in the fight.

        • ^ This is exactly my point. It’s basically just a political game so that Democrats can do what they planned on doing all along and “approve” of the merger. They just basically want their public face to seem as though they’re “fighting” for the public, especially with elections coming up.

        • Trevnerdio

          Isn’t that the play every time for the left? Act like you’re fighting in the best interest for the little guy while picking their pockets?

        • Sean sorlie

          Don’t kid yourself that your Republican party is in any way different. They just manipulate their base differently. Mostly with fear.

        • Trevnerdio

          I have disdain for big R as well, but I don’t believe they’re as two-faced as the democratic party.

        • For the record, I’m an Independent, not a Republican or Democrat. Regardless, as @Trevnerdio:disqus said, I don’t see this two-faced behavior nearly as often from Republicans. I think we can all agree that it would be nice if, regardless of party, more Americans noticed the political games behind the scenes instead of playing into them.

        • Mike Smith

          Really? So when Lindsay Graham said “I think [Trump] is a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office” but now he loves the guy you wouldn’t call that two-faced?

        • Trevnerdio

          Graham’s been on the savage train lately. Idunno what’s gotten into him, but I love his occasional “idgaf” attitude

        • marque2

          Yes I am afraid of my GOP representatives and therefore I vote for them.

        • Trevnerdio

          “my” republican party lol did you read my comment? Certainly not a republican.

        • riverhorse

          In NY, besides trying to extort any moneyed person or corporation, they’re playing to their base : eliminated Marijuana arrests, cash bail for arrestees, and entrance exams for charter schools. Approved sports betting but added specific prohibitions against online or anywhere near NYC because they claim that hurts their backers the most.

          Fighting Tmo merger for them kills three birds with one stone – extorts corporate money(whose votes they ain’t getting anyway), gives appearance of price protection (to those most likely to vote for them), gives appearance of protecting jobs (again for their supposed voter base. Going by NYC/NJ Metro area 99.9 of Sprint/Tmo store positions are held by snowflakes).

          It would actually have been more surprising if the Dems hadn’t done this.

          Republicans got too uppity and ridiculous during W Era, now the Democrats are doing the same and need to be humbled in 2020.

        • marque2

          They also want goodies. Get TMobile to donate a few million here and there that the AG can direct to pet causes.

        • Mike Smith

          And religions too.

  • bman893

    Don’t worry new sources say it could be done as early as tomorrow…. And if not more sources say it could be done by Sunday…. Unless it’s done by Monday as one of our other sources tell us … Ya definitely by Wednesday tho… Article writer Alex Wagner . For the live for all that is Holly and wtf please …. Please just stop writing the say dam article over and over and over every week we get it it could be soon … Unless it isn’t. We don’t need to hear about another obvious unreliable sources view on when ….. When it happens then ok write about it untill ur little fingers hurt but untill then just please stop

    • Reagan1

      Well, get ready for another story… :) Deal reached and agreement announced by DOJ about 15 mins ago. The AG’s lawsuit will probably go away or be dismissed pretty quickly. On to another 5g competitor.

      • bman893

        Oh I’m fine with that because it’s actual story not another stupid assumption LOL

  • @ryan

    Deal is approved!

    • I was watching it live and it’s pretty exciting. Will have to tune in to the earnings call this afternoon.

  • mavricxx

    GOOD, hope they don’t approve it! Something’s fishy here and that crook Ajit has been paid off by Legere, why else he approve it so easily and be trying to persuade the Attorney General. Dude is crooked, I knew it from the moment the guy was trying to get rid of Net Neutrality!