Utah Official No Longer Being Considered by White House for FTC

  • Sean Reyes had urged FTC to take second look at Google probe
  • White House delays leave agency without permanent leader

The Trump administration is no longer considering Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to lead the Federal Trade Commission, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Reyes, a Republican, had been in the running to lead the agency, which is responsible for reviewing mergers between companies and enforcing consumer-protection laws. Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen is still in the mix, according to another person.

Joseph Simons, an antitrust lawyer at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and a former director of the FTC’s bureau of competition, is now among those being considered for the chairman’s position, according to two of the people, who declined to be named because the deliberations are confidential. 

Simons and a spokesman for Reyes didn’t respond to requests for comment.

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