Former DOJ cartel leaders are calling on the Senate to substantiate Jonathan Kanter


Jonathan Kanter, antitrust attorney.


Nine former chiefs of the Justice Department’s antitrust division wrote Thursday to the leaders of the Senate and its Judiciary Committee asking them to confirm President Joe Biden’s candidate for office, Jonathan Kanter.

The letter is a powerful demonstration of bipartisan support for Kanter, who was a progressive favorite for the role and a critic of Big Tech. Signatories include at least one representative from every government since President Gerald Ford. Former President Donald Trump’s cartel leader Makan Delrahim is among them.

“While we may disagree on some antitrust issues, we share two important beliefs,” the former officials wrote. “First of all, the Antitrust department needs a bright and experienced leader who recognizes the important role of antitrust enforcement in our economy and who is able to inspire the talented men and women of the department to continue their efforts to promote competition in all sectors “Second, we agree that Jonathan Kanter has the talent and leadership skills to do the job well.”

They added that several of the signatories had seen Kanter’s work firsthand while serving as a trial attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and later as a private attorney.

“He knows the content of antitrust law. He appreciates its importance to the American consumer. He is a shrewd and articulate advocate. He respects his opponents and inspires his colleagues and co-advisors,” they wrote. “In short, we believe that Mr. Kanter is right for this important position.”

Here is the full list of signatories:

Donald I. Baker, Assistant Attorney General 1976-1977

Sanford Litvack, Assistant Attorney General 1980-1981

Charles F. Rule, Assistant Attorney General 1986-1989

James F. Rill, Assistant Attorney General 1989-1992

Joel I. Klein, Assistant Attorney General 1996-2000

Thomas O. Barnett, Assistant Attorney General 2006-2008

Christine A. Varney, Assistant Attorney General 2009-2011

William J. Baer, ​​Assistant Attorney General 2013-2016

Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General 2017-2021

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