Amazon on Wednesday demanded that Leena Khan, the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and a staunch critic of the company, has distanced himself from any antitrust investigation into the e-commerce giant.
The company argued in a 25-page petition to the FTC that Ms. Kahn could not be impartial in antitrust cases involving the company because she was sharply critical of Amazon as a scholar and author and because she served on Congressional staff. was. Company investigation.
“At least, it appears on record that the FTC, led by Chairman Khan, will not be a neutral and impartial assessor of the evidence developed in any antitrust investigation against Amazon or in deciding whether to take enforcement action against the company or No.” The company said in the filing.
Amazon said Ms. Khan should be “excluded from at least all of Amazon’s current antitrust investigations, of which the commission has notified Amazon.” The subject of the company is subject an FTC inquiry, As well as investigation by the state attorney general.
FTC spokeswoman Lindsay Krizak declined to comment on the petition.
The petition shows how major tech companies are trying to discredit and discredit efforts by the Biden administration and lawmakers to regulate the industry. He has lobbied against bills that ban some of his business practices, supports outside advocacy groups that defend his position and Scores of lawyers hired to stop the investigation.
President Biden Nominated Ms. Khan chair this month After the Congress approved his nomination on a seat on the commission. She Have made no secret of your worries About the biggest tech companies in the country.
She told lawmakers at her April confirmation hearing that she saw “the full range of potential risks” around the companies and indicated that she wants to try to address those risks while at the agency.
Amazon said if Ms. Khan played a role in Amazon’s antitrust investigation, it would be a violation of federal ethics rules and the firm’s right to due process.
The company supported its position, George Washington University law professor emeritus Thomas D. Attached a statement from Morgan. Mr Morgan said Amazon had paid him to voice his opinion.