Amazon.com Inc said Monday that its founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, is ready to testify before a congressional panel investigating possible breaches by large technology companies of US antitrust law.
The company confirmed a letter that its lawyer sent to members of the House Justice Committee that Amazon had cooperated with the investigation. "That includes providing Jeff Bezos to testify at a hearing with the other CEOs this summer," said Robert Kelner of Covington and Burling LLP's letter.
The four major technology platforms – Google, Apple Inc, Amazon, and Facebook Inc from Alphabet Inc – are currently under investigation by a committee of the House Justice Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook and Amazon, and groups of U.S. attorneys general are looking at Facebook and Google.
Kelner said in the letter that Amazon and the committee "must resolve a number of timing, format, and outstanding document creation issues, all of which are necessarily framed by the extraordinary demands of the global pandemic."
According to a source familiar with the company, this would be the first time that Bezos appears before the congress.
In early May, the committee wrote to the CEO of Amazon.com to request his testimony for a report that the online retailer uses third-party data to create competing products. Amazon's Associate General Counsel, Nate Sutton, swore in July last year that Amazon had used confidential information from its independent vendors to develop Amazon products.
The letter also noted that Amazon had provided more than 225,000 pages of documents to the committee's cartel committee and found that the committee had not made a "binding commitment" to keep them confidential.
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