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Biden’s New Antitrust Cop Threatens to Slam Brakes on Mergers

  • Jonathan Kanter aims to reverse decades of lax enforcement
  • Google has pressed DoJ to examine whether he should be recused
Jonathan Kanter in his office at the Justice Department’s Washington headquarters.
Jonathan Kanter in his office at the Justice Department’s Washington headquarters.Photographer: Valerie Plesch/Bloomberg

To understand how the Justice Department’s new antitrust chief, Jonathan Kanter, is thinking about his job, take a look around his office.

On one wall hangs a painting of the prosecutor who brought the case that crushed John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly. There’s also a picture of a bison with the words “Ass Kicking Is On My Mind.” And then there are the historic posters from an earlier trustbusting era.