DOJ wouldn't bring case against AT&T unless confident it could win

The giant elephant in the room that’s been raised lately is whether or not the Department of Justice is acting more with politics than policy... ...I’ve called, as have others, for more stringent anti-trust enforcement — including on vertical mergers like this. If there’s politics involved we’ll see how the Department of Justice deals with another big media merger that’s pending right now; that’s the acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group of Tribune Media.
— David Goodfriend