On Wednesday, Amazon asked the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, a well-known critic of the company, to reinstate himself from any antitrust investigation into the giant. e-commerce giant.
The company argued in a 25-page petition to the FTC that chairwoman Lina Khan cannot be impartial in antitrust matters involving the company because she has been so critical of Amazon as way as a scholar and writer and because she used to work as an employee. members for a congressional inquiry into the company.
“At a minimum, this filing creates the appearance that the FTC, under the leadership of Chairman Khan, will not be a neutral and objective reviewer of evidence developed in any anti-corruption investigation. any monopoly against Amazon or in deciding whether to take enforcement actions against the company.” the company said in the filing.
Amazon said Ms Khan should be reinstated from “at least all of Amazon’s current antitrust investigations that the committee has notified Amazon of.” The company is the subject of an investigation by the FTC, as well as investigations by the state attorney general.
An FTC spokeswoman, Lindsay Kryzak, declined to comment on the petition.
The petition shows that big tech companies are trying to discredit and discredit the Biden administration and lawmakers in an attempt to regulate the industry. They have lobbied against bills banning some of their businesses, supported outside advocacy groups to defend their positions, and hired numerous attorneys to fight investigations.
President Biden appointed Ms Khan to the seat this month after Congress approved her nomination to a committee seat. She makes no secret of her interest in the country’s biggest tech companies.
She told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing in April that she saw “the full spectrum of potential risks” surrounding the companies and signaled that she intends to try to address those concerns. that risk while in the office.
Amazon said that if Ms. Khan played a role in Amazon’s antitrust investigations, it would violate federal codes of ethics and the company’s right to due process.
The company attached a statement by Thomas D. Morgan, an emeritus law professor at George Washington University, supporting its stance. Mr. Morgan said he was paid by Amazon to provide his opinion.