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The nomination marks a huge win for progressive trust-busters, many of whom have been pushing Khan as a potential Biden administration pick for months.
Khan's academic work sparked a reckoning around how the country's antitrust laws could be used to take on the enormous power of major internet businesses including Amazon, Google and Facebook. Khan, who is allied with Senator Elizabeth Warren, was one of the key staffers who worked on the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee's investigation, which concluded that the tech giants operate as monopolies.
Two congressional aides told Protocol last week that they anticipate Republican senators could briefly put a hold on her nomination, but she will likely be successfully confirmed by the Senate.
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.