A slew of departures from the two agencies with shared responsibility for federal antitrust enforcement followed the entrance of the new administration into office, presenting President Donald J. Trump with an unprecedented opportunity to reconfigure the U.S. antitrust landscape through several key appointments. For months, President Trump left the antitrust community in suspense as he prioritized immigration, health care and trade issues and did not fill the vacancies at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Antitrust Division is responsible for enforcing the antitrust laws of the United States, including criminal actions. The FTC works in parallel with the Antitrust Division to enforce antitrust law, including merger review. Eager observers speculated as to who would be chosen for these important roles and whether with his nominations President Trump would, in some fashion, further the unique brand of economic populism he voiced on the campaign trail or instead follow a more traditional conservative path. These observers need not speculate much longer, however, as the Trump administration has finally begun filling a number of permanent leadership positions in the Antitrust Division and FTC.
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