Christine Wilson, the sole Republican on the Federal Trade Commission, on Tuesday announced she is resigning from the agency over her fierce opposition to progressive FTC Chair Lina Khan’s agenda.
Wilson, who has spent months publicly criticizing Khan’s efforts to crack down on corporate power using antitrust laws, said she is resigning due to Khan’s “defiance of legal precedent and her abuse of power to achieve desired outcomes.”
“I have failed repeatedly to persuade Ms. Khan and her enablers to do the right thing, and I refuse to give their endeavor any further hint of legitimacy by remaining,” Wilson wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
Wilson’s departure will leave the FTC without a GOP leader, although there is an effort underway to nominate a new Republican to sit on the commission soon. Republican FTC Commissioner Noah Phillips stepped down from the agency late last year, but he was less explicit in calling out Khan and her senior staff.
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