Senate confirms Google critic as antitrust chief


The Senate Tuesday voted 68-29 to confirm Jonathan Kanter to head the Justice Department's antitrust division.

Kanter, known as a Google critic and proponent of aggressive antitrust enforcement, will lead the federal government's pending antitrust lawsuit against Google, which accuses the company of illegally monopolizing the search market.

He is one of several antitrust advocates to join the Biden administration in leadership roles, including Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan, and including Tim Wu, now on the National Economic Council.

Kanter, who founded the boutique law firm Kanter Law Group, has served as outside counsel to the News Media Alliance, which is lobbying for an antitrust exemption that would allow news organizations to bargain collectively with Facebook and Google.

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