By Jeffrey May, J.D.
Six month after being picked by President Donald J. Trump to serve as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Makan Delrahim officially reported to work today. This morning, Delrahim was sworn in as antitrust chief. Andrew C. Finch, who had served as the Acting Assistant Attorney General for antitrust, will remain at the agency as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
The Senate confirmed Delrahim on September 27 by a vote of 73-21. Senate confirmation was delayed despite bipartisan support from Senate Judiciary Committee members for the pick. In June, Delrahim’s nomination was reported out of the Judiciary Committee by a vote of 19 to 1. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) was the lone no vote.
At the same time Delrahim won the Judiciary Committee’s support, Noel J. Francisco—Trump’s nominee for U.S. Solicitor General—also passed the committee, but along party lines. Ultimately, Francisco beat Delrahim to the Justice Department. Francisco was sworn in as the 48th U.S. Solicitor General on September 19.
Delrahim is returning to the Antitrust Division after working in private practice. 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.
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