The White House has tapped a longtime gadfly of Google and other big tech companies to lead the Department of Justice’s antitrust division.
President Biden on Tuesday nominated Jonathan Kanter — a pugnacious antitrust attorney who has fought legal battles against Google and who has said US competition enforcers have “lost our way” — to head the key agency.
Kanter must be confirmed by the Senate, where news of his nomination was immediately met with praise from Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
Warren called the move “tremendous news for workers and consumers,” adding that Kanter has “been a leader in the fight to check consolidated corporate power and strengthen competition in our markets.”
Meahwhile, the executive director of the progressive Open Markets Institute, Barry Lynn, said Kanter “knows how to break the fist of private power and build a rule of law for the digital age.”
If confirmed, Kanter will take over the Justice Department’s ongoing