Senator Elizabeth Warren demands DOJ antitrust head recuse himself from Apple, Google probes

Naomi Nix and David McLaughlin for Bloomberg:

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called for the head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division to recuse himself from working on any investigations of Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Apple Inc. because of his past lobbying for both companies.

Warren wrote to Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, who oversees the antitrust division, in a letter dated Tuesday that his past work advocating on behalf of the tech giants would create the appearance of a conflict of interest as the agency oversees antitrust scrutiny of both companies. The Massachusetts senator sent a similar letter calling for Delrahim’s recusal to a Justice Department ethics official.

Warren’s letter comes days after the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission divvied up antitrust oversight of Google, Inc., Inc., and Apple.

Under that agreement, the Justice Department will pursue an antitrust investigation of Google and oversee any scrutiny of Apple while the Federal Trade Commission will be responsible for antitrust oversight of Amazon and Facebook.

MacDailyNews Note: Warren’s letter can be read in full here.


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  1. She may not know the issues. In the higherarchy of Progressives, Sanders is on top, then Tulsi and Warren while the rest are clumped up way below. Bden is situationally Democrat is Republican, in other words has no North Star, while polls showing him near the top polled old people only.

  2. “In 2007, Google paid Mr. Delrahim to lobby federal antitrust officials on behalf of the company’s proposed acquisition of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., a $3.1 billion merger that the government eventually approved. Mr. Delrahim reported an estimated $100,000 in income from Google in 2007. In both 2006 and 2007, Mr. Delrahim was hired by Apple to lobby the federal government on its behalf on patent reform issues; his work as a corporate lobbyist continued into 2016 with clients that included Anthem, Pfizer, Qualcomm, and Caesars.”

    12 and 13 years ago? $100k from Google on an acquisition. No amount, but assuredly less from Apple on patent reform. Totally unrelated to today’s topic.

    Seems a ridiculous standard for recusal.

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