Christine Wilson, the only Republican commissioner for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), announced her impending resignation and published a scathing opinion essay in The Wall Street Journal that detailed what she described as “a disregard for the rule of law and due process” by Lina Khan, the Democratic chair of the FTC. Wilson wrote that Khan’s actions “make it impossible” for her to continue serving the agency.
“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 her opinion essay. “Accordingly, I will soon resign as an FTC commissioner.”
Wilson, who was appointed by President Trump in 2018, has publicly criticized Khan, who was appointed by President Biden, for leading the agency to block a merger proposed by Meta as well as the proposal to ban noncompete clauses in employment contracts. Khan has pushed back saying the agency has long been too permissive with mergers, allowing companies like Google and Amazon to become goliaths who swallow competition.