In a time when both parties agree on almost nothing, they have found a subject that they see eye to eye on. They agree that Jeff Bezos lied to Congress during testimony on the business practices Amazon uses. They are now deliberating on whether to bring felony charges against Bezos for lying to Congress. Bezos is currently the richest man in the world with 177 billion dollars. Elon Musk is second at 151 billion.
In a recent letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, five members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee allege that Jeff Bezos and other executives from Amazon either misled or lied about the company’s policies. The five members of the House judiciary committee who signed the letter include committee’s chairman, Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and four members of the antitrust subcommittee, David Cicilline (D-RI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
An Amazon spokesperson responded, stating:
Amazon and its executives did not mislead the committee, and we have denied and sought to correct the record on the inaccurate media articles in question.
As we have previously stated, we have an internal policy, which goes beyond that of any other retailer’s policy that we’re aware of, that prohibits the use of individual seller data to develop Amazon private label products. We investigate any allegations that this policy may have been violated and take appropriate action.
The letter adds:
“At best, this reporting confirms that Amazon’s representatives misled the Committee. At worst, it demonstrates that they may have lied to Congress in possible violation of federal criminal law.”
The letter says that the committee is contemplating sending the matter to the Justice Department who will then investigate the matter. After the investigation, the Justice Department will check to see if ll of the campaign checks cleared before issuing indictments.
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The lawmakers have given Jassy “a final opportunity” to provide them with evidence that backs up the company’s previous testimony and statements. The letter noted that “it is criminally illegal to knowingly and willfully make statements that are materially false, conceal a material fact, or otherwise provide false documentation in response to a congressional investigation.”
The letter gives Jassy until November 1 to provide a sworn response that clarifies “how Amazon uses non-public individual seller data to develop and market its own line of products.”
The letter from the lawmakers states: “We strongly encourage you to make use of this opportunity to correct the record and provide the Committee with sworn, truthful, and accurate responses to this request as we consider whether a referral of this matter to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation is appropriate.”