Type: Abuse of PowerMar 04 2019 Severity: Targeted: CNN
& Time Warner
Donald Trump pressured former White House Counsel Gary Cohn to personally intervene and block a merger between AT&T and Time Warner, who happens to own the cable news outlet CNN. Cohn reportedly refused to act on Trump's demand, but that still didn't stop the Department of Justice filing suit in an attempt to block the merger. Trump's actions open him up to criticism for appearing to use the power of the Presidency to go after his perceived rivals while propping up perceived allies.