Bipartisan Judiciary Committee Members Refer Amazon to DOJ for Potential Criminal Conduct by Senior Executives
Letter to DOJ comes after Amazon failed to comply with multiple attempts to clarify misleading testimony and statements before Committee
Washington, March 9, 2022
Washington, D.C. - Today, bipartisan Members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland to alert the Department of Justice to potentially criminal conduct by Amazon and its senior executives. The letter explains how Amazon has engaged in a “pattern and practice” of misleading conduct that appeared designed to “influence, obstruct, or impede” the Committee’s 16-month investigation into competition in digital markets:
House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Antitrust Subcommittee Chair David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Antitrust Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck (R-CO), Antitrust Subcommittee Vice Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) issued the following joint statement on their letter:
“Last Congress, the Judiciary Committee conducted an extensive, bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets. Throughout the investigation and in follow-up inquiries, senior executives at Amazon engaged in a pattern and practice of misleading behavior before the Committee. The Committee extended multiple opportunities for Amazon to clarify these misconceptions, yet executives continued to thwart our efforts to uncover the truth about their business practices. Amazon and its executives must be held accountable for this behavior. That is why we are referring this matter to the Department of Justice to investigate whether Amazon obstructed Congress or violated other federal laws. We look forward to hearing from the Department on this important matter.”
Full text of the letter is available here.A chronology detailing Amazon’s potential criminal obstruction of the Committee’s investigation and inquiries is available here.