Analysis

Sinclair-Tribune Call Spotlights Pai's White House Ties

Law360 (August 21, 2018, 10:04 PM EDT) -- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent revelation that he spoke with the White House regarding the failed Sinclair-Tribune merger may strain the cozy relationship he’s enjoyed with the Trump administration, but the line for appropriate presidential communications with an independent agency has often been blurred before, experts say.

The Republican chairman’s back-and-forth with the Oval Office came into the spotlight last week when he testified that White House Counsel Donald McGahn called him to discuss the status of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s acquisition of Tribune Media Co. on the eve of the agency’s decision that effectively spelled death for the deal....

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