U.S. House panel called on Amazon’s Bezos to personally testify

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee called on Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos to testify to before the House of Representative committee after a Democratic leader last week accused Amazon officials of allegedly lying before Congress.

In a letter signed by seven Democratic and Republican members of the panel, the lawmakers called questions over the previous statements the company made to committee about its business practices.

They were referring to an April 23 article by the Wall Street Journal, citing 20 former employees of the e-commerce giant who remained working in the alleged private label business, unveiling that the online retailer certainly tapped and used data of third-party sellers on its platform to create Amazon’s own competing brands.

The lawmakers in their letter said that if the story from the Wall Street Journal about Amazon’s business practices is true then previously made statements by the company on the matter appeared to be misleading the panel and could be criminally false and perjurious.

In last July, Nate Sutton, Amazon’s associate general counsel, in his written testimony as well as under oath denied the charges on company of being involved in using critical business information of third-party sellers on its marketplace to launch competing products of its own. And those statements are the main issue at focus in the recent letter by bipartisan members of the committee, concerning that Amazon might have misled the panel at the time, which was produced before the House Antitrust Subcommittee at hearing while it was investigating Amazon and three of the other companies on antitrust allegations.

The Democrat members of the Judiciary Committee, who signed the letter were Jerrold Nadler, chair of the Judiciary Committee; Pramila Jayapal, Joe Neguse and David Cicilline, chair of the antitrust subcommittee. Representatives James Sensenbrenner, Matt Gaetz and Ken Buck were the Republican members at the Committee who signed the letter, which did not give a specific date for the hearing.