House Judiciary Members Ask DOJ to Investigate Amazon for Obstructing Inquiry

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    The Facts

    • Several members of the US House Judiciary Committee have written to AG Merrick Garland over concerns Amazon is obstructing an antitrust investigation.

    • Questions include whether Amazon lied to the committee about the usage of third-party seller data and whether it gave priority to its own products over competitors' in search results.

    The Spin

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Amazon have given false and misleading statements to the House Judiciary Committee and refused to hand over documents to support their claims. The e-commerce giant has likely violated federal law and must face the consequences.

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Amazon has categorically denied using third-party seller data and performed numerous internal inquiries that have failed to turn up evidence of workers misusing the data. The claims of the committee members are unsubstantiated.

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