Bush Scandals List

190. Thomas Barnett (Anti-trust Division Justice)

Thomas Barnett entered the DOJ’s antitrust division in April 2004 and became its head (assistant attorney general) on February 10, 2006. Barnett sent a memo to state prosecutors in May 2007 urging them to drop an investigation into a complaint by Google that Microsoft’s new Vista operating system slowed Google’s search engine in preference to Microsoft’s own version. The Google complaint has its origins in a consent decree monitoring Microsoft’s antitrust compliance. Before coming to the Justice Department, Barnett was the Vice Chair of the Antitrust and Consumer Protection Practice Group of Covington & Burling, the Washington law firm which had represented Microsoft in the antitrust proceedings. Barnett’s efforts seem to have backfired for now, but not for want of trying on his part. On June 19, 2007, Microsoft agreed to modify Vista later this year to allow users to disable the Microsoft version and choose another search engine, thus solving the speed problem

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