Former car czar Ron Bloom to clarify statements he made under oath

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2011

Ron Bloom, former Obama administration car czar, has been invited by three members of a Congressional oversight committee to shed light on statements that he made at a hearing last month while he was under oath.

When asked by U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., Bloom denied that he made a statement during a 2009 farewell dinner for the automotive task force that says: "I did this all for the unions.”

Bloom was put to task by Burton for this comment that was supposedly made on June 22 at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending.

Burton, subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter last Wednesday to Bloom to urge him either to “amend or clarify" his testimony.

They claim that it seems that the testimony wasn’t totally true or that it’s possible that a reporter and his “former boss in the Obama Administration” were given inaccurate accounts of his comments to the public.

The letter said further that The Detroit News had reported Bloom’s union comment on Nov. 24, 2009, as well as in the book Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, released by Bloom's predecessor, Steven Rattner. In this book, Rattner implied that Bloom was joking and that he was there “to lighten the mood.”

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