Patchen’s hire comes during the same month that US President Donald Trump said his administration was “looking at” antitrust proceedings against tech giants Google, Amazon, and Facebook.
“You look at the European Union, they fined I guess it was Google, billions of dollars, and frankly I don’t like that they’re doing that because that’s an American company,” Trump told Axios. “I don’t think it’s good that they’re doing that. But if anybody does that, it should be us doing it.”
Patchen has worked at the Department of Justice for 14 years, during which time she has prosecuted a number of price-fixing cartel cases in the computer-memory-chip industry.