Company lays the groundwork to challenge the legitimacy of government’s antitrust suit

WASHINGTON—AT&T Inc. is considering an unusual bid to seek testimony from the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in the coming trial over its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc., part of the companies’ effort to challenge the legitimacy of the government’s lawsuit.

In the months since the Justice Department sued to block the deal last November, AT&T has publicly questioned the department’s motives in light of President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to disallow the deal and his repeated disparagement of CNN,...

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