Judiciary Committee Seeks Bezos Testimony Over Allegedly Misleading Congress
WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee on Friday asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to testify after both Republicans and Democrats on the panel expressed concerns his deputies may have lied to Congress.
The letter, which is signed by four Democrats and three Republicans, says a recent Wall Street Journal report on Amazon’s use of third-party seller data appears to show that company officials may have misled Congress in previous statements.
“If the reporting in the Wall Street Journal article is accurate, then statements Amazon made to the Committee about the company’s business practices appear to be misleading, and possibly criminally false or perjurious,” they wrote.
The Journal investigation found Amazon employees used non-aggregated or easily identifiable data from third-party sellers to inform its own product strategy.
The report, which was based, the Journal said, on interviews with more than 20 former Amazon employees, appeared to contradict testimony by Amazon’s associate general counsel Nate Sutton at a July hearing in front of the House Antitrust Subcommittee.
At the hearing, Sutton said Amazon does not use individual seller data to inform its strategy.
In a series of Tweets Friday morning, House Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman David Cicilline, D-R.I., who is one of the letter’s seven signatories, said, “Powerful companies are not above the law. … Knowingly and willfully falsifying a material fact or making a materially false statement or representation to a congressional committee is a crime under 18 U.S.C. § 1001. … Amazon has had multiple chances to come clean about its business practices. Instead, its executives have repeatedly misled the Committee and the public. Enough.”
Also signing the letter were, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., Subcommittee Vice Chairman Joe Neguse, D- Colo., and Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Ken Buck, R-Colo. and Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
If Bezos complies with the request for testimony, it would be his first time appearing before a congressional panel on Capitol Hill.
In The News
A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized the problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff members from the Democrat-controlled Transportation Committee... Read More
WASHINGTON – A vote is expected in the House this week on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to provide “reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, or a... Read More
WASHINGTON - The Restaurant Law Center wants the Supreme Court to overturn a 9th Circuit ruling that effectively classified calls and text messages to confirm dining reservations as nuisance robocalls. The Center, an industry association representing about 1 million restaurant and food service outlets across the... Read More
OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently forced to do menial labor and... Read More
WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products, at the peak of the coronavirus... Read More
A suspicious online university whose curriculum appears to be cut and pasted from a European school, two companies with nearly identical websites and two others with practically no internet presence — all five of these businesses are connected to the same Texas man. And all five... Read More