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Top Federal Antitrust Official Will Not Weigh In On Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger

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March 06, 2014 AT 8:03 AM
The Justice Department’s lead antitrust official will not participate in the review of Comcast’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, the department said Thursday. The official, William J. Baer, assistant attorney general and head of the antitrust division, will not participate in considering the merger because he represented NBC Universal when it was taken over by Comcast in 2011. Obama administration guidelines say that during the first two years in office, an appointee is forbidden from taking part in a decision involving a former client.