The head of the US Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim, will likely step down early next year no matter which party wins the November 3 presidential election, a source familiar with his plans told Reuters.
Delrahim, who was confirmed in September 2017, is rescued from the Department’s probe into Alphabet’s Google, which is expected to result in a lawsuit in coming weeks.
Either Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn in as president on January 20.
Makan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division. Mr. Delrahim previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Counsel.
He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, overseeing the Appellate, Foreign Commerce, and Legal Policy sections. During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as Chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network.