Senate endorses top tech critic Jonathan Kanter as top US competition official

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Jonathan Kanter, a corporate lawyer and bigtech critic, the nation’s top antitrust leader, ...


WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Jonathan Kanter, a corporate lawyer and bigtech critic, the nation’s top antitrust leader, in the latest move to reduce the power of the Silicon Valley giants.

In a 68-29 vote, Mr Kanter’s approval to head the Justice Department’s antitrust division held a key position in the Biden administration. The White House has made it clear that it wants to curb the consolidation of U.S. businesses, especially among powerful tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

His confirmation will go to President Biden for final approval.

Mr. Kanter has battled Google and other tech giants for years, primarily as a lawyer representing rivals such as Microsoft, Uber, Yelp and News Corp. He joins other prominent Silicon Valley critics in government roles, including Lina Khan, chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, who gained notoriety after writing a law school article arguing an antitrust theory against Amazon.

Together, the two antitrust authorities will conduct historic cases against Google and Facebook.

It’s unclear whether Mr. Kanter will be asked to withdraw from the Google lawsuit and other potentially conflicting interest investigations given his track record of representing rival companies. Amazon and Facebook have asked Ms Khan, who has never worked for a company, to go out of business with them given her public criticism of the tech giants. The agency said it would not recuse itself from actions related to the companies.

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