FORTUNE -- Bill Baer, head of the DOJ's antitrust division, spoke at some length Thursday night about the e-book case that "put a stop" in his words, "to Apple's anticompetitive conduct."
But before he got to Apple (AAPL), Baer rattled off a list of his division's accomplishments in the five years since President Obama a took office. Among them:
In all, Baer boasted, his division in five years had filed 339 criminal cases, charged 109 corporations with criminal antitrust violations and charged 311 individuals with antitrust crimes.
Finally, he got to U.S.A. v. Apple -- a civil, mind you, not a criminal case -- which he offered as an example of how his division helps protect the "bottom line of American families" who have "struggled to make ends meet."
"Consider the serious and documented economic harm," he said, "caused by the e-books conspiracy recently orchestrated by Apple Inc. and certain book publishers. On July 10, 2013, Judge Cote issued a 160 page opinion finding that Apple had violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by conspiring with publishers to raise e- books prices and to end e-books retailers' freedom to compete on price. Judge Cote found that the conspiracy was effective: the publishers' e-books prices increased across the board once the illegal agreements were in place. Overnight, the price of the defendants' bestselling e-books rose from $9.99 to $12.99 or $14.99...
"The evidence of consumers benefiting from post-injunction price competition is equally compelling. Current pricing data shows that since injunctions against Apple and its book publisher co-conspirators were entered, the average price of the top 25 best-selling e-books dropped from around $11 to around $6."
You could plausibly argue -- as the book publishers do -- that the DOJ gave comfort not to struggling American families, but to Amazon (AMZN). And that in the process it kicked an industry in the throes of disruption while it was down.
Baer did not mention Thursday night that Apple still vigorously denies the charges, has filed notice of appeal, and is fighting him at every turn. But he did make a plug for compliance monitors -- like Michael Bromwich, the one assigned to the Apple case -- in advance of a hearing on Apple's motion to have Bromwich removed. (See Never get between an Apple antitrust monitor and his per diem.)
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in a Federal courthouse in New York City. We plan to be there.
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