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Is Google Winning the Battle to Take Over the FTC?

Bloomberg reports a top contender to take over the Federal Trade Commission is out of the running…

Eric Schmidt Google Alphabet

A new story from Bloomberg Government is reporting that a top contender to be named a Federal Trade Commissioner, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, is out of the running.

If true, that would be a big win for Google. Reyes “urged antitrust officials to consider re-opening an investigation into the search practices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google,” according to Bloomberg.

Now he’s out of the running, said three people familiar with the situation. FTC Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen remains under consideration, according to one of the people. The White House is also considering Washington antitrust lawyer Joseph Simons, two of the people said.

Trump naming Olhausen, who was nominated to the FTC by President Obama and is currently acting chair of the commission, to become the permanent chair would be surprising given her liberal leanings.

Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt is scheduled to meet with other top tech executives at a White House summit on Monday. The group’s discussion will reportedly focus on improving government efficiency through technology and will be run by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.