Biden names liberal Big Tech enemy Lina Khan chairwoman of FTC

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President Joe Biden has put anti-monopoly activist Lina Khan in charge of the Federal Trade Commission just hours after she was confirmed in a bipartisan vote.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced that Biden had picked Khan to lead the commissioners at the start of a hearing on Tuesday. A source familiar with the situation confirmed to the Washington Examiner that Khan was indeed selected for the role.

Khan, who at 32 is the youngest person ever to be confirmed to the FTC, previously worked as an antitrust professor at Columbia Law School. She had also worked as an aide to incumbent Democratic FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra. On Tuesday, she won bipartisan support in the Senate with a confirmation vote of 69-28.

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Her confirmation shows congressional frustration with the power Big Tech has, given her past work as a top adviser on the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, which conducted a major investigation into Big Tech and concluded that sprawling antitrust reforms are needed.

She also published a paper as a Yale law student on “Amazon's Antitrust Paradox,” which concluded that current antitrust laws can’t deal with the ways the retail giant exerts economic dominance.

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Khan’s confirmation gives the trade commission a 3-2 majority of Democrats, although Chopra is awaiting a Senate vote on his nomination to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.





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