Obama names Varney as to antitrust role at Justice

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:43pm GMT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, moving to fill top-level positions at the Justice Department, named former Federal Trade Commissioner Christine Varney on Thursday as assistant attorney general for antitrust.

Varney, an attorney who specialized in Internet law, served President Bill Clinton as a senior White House adviser and later as a Federal Trade commissioner. She has extensive experience in antitrust law, the White House said.

Obama also named David Kris as assistant attorney general for national security, Tony West as assistant attorney general for the civil division and Lanny Breuer as assistant attorney general for the criminal division.