Biden names Google critic as antitrust “czar”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed attorney Jonathan Kanter as the Justice Department’s chief antitrust officer, a further sign of the White House’s determination to oversee multinationals, primarily giants digital.

Progressives in favor of stronger antitrust laws had pushed for the appointment of Jonathan Kanter, who had recently opened his own law firm promoting him as the defender of respect for competitive practices.

Described by the White House as “an expert in efforts to promote strict enforcement of antitrust rules and meaningful competition policy,” Jonathan Kanter has defended for years rivals of Google, against whom the Justice Department has engaged. lawsuits last year accusing him of anti-competitive practices.

The Biden administration already includes progressive antitrust representatives with technological expertise, such as Tim Wu – appointed to the National Economic Council – and Lina Khan, who is to take the helm of the government. competition (FTC).

Jonathan Kanter declined to comment on his appointment, which must be confirmed by the Senate.

(Report Nandita Bose and Diane Bartz; French version Jean Terzian)

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