Criminal Antitrust Enforcement Has A New Leader

By Tara Reinhart, Tiffany Rider, Steven Sunshine, David Wales and John O'Toole (May 21, 2018, 12:06 PM EDT) -- Richard A. Powers recently joined the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division as the acting deputy assistant attorney general for criminal enforcement and is expected to take on the role permanently. This is important because Powers will serve as the Antitrust Division's new criminal enforcement leader and could stay in the role for an extended period of time — well beyond this administration — because he is a career attorney and not a political appointee like the other deputies. Historically, this DAAG position has been reserved for career attorneys to help ensure that criminal enforcement is divorced from political influence. Powers' appointment is also notable because, for the first time in many years, the criminal DAAG will come from outside the Antitrust Division....

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