Nov 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate confirms Biden DOJ antitrust chief

Jonathan Kanter at his confirmation hearing to become the head of the DOJ's antitrust division.

Jonathan Kanter. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 68-29 to confirm Big Tech foe Jonathan Kanter to lead the antitrust division of the Justice Department.

Why it matters: Kanter, a favorite among progressives, joins Biden administration antitrust gurus Tim Wu and FTC chair Lina Khan who want to see more aggressive action against monopoly power.

Catch up quick: The antitrust attorney previously worked at the FTC and law firm Paul Weiss before starting his own antitrust firm last year. He has worked on behalf of clients with complaints about Big Tech.

What they're saying: “It’s never been clearer that monopolies, particularly unaccountable platforms like Facebook and Google, are a menace to families, small businesses, and communities around the country," Sarah Miller, executive director of anti-monopoly advocacy group the American Economic Liberties Project.

  • "Kanter’s leadership at the Department of Justice will mark the beginning of the end of this era of lawlessness for powerful corporations."

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