“What we don’t know, and what the FCC needs to clear up, is when they knew that they were lying to Congress and the public about it,” said Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell, from the House oversight committee. “The American people and Congress were lied to for over a year by the FCC, all the way through the public comment process leading to the elimination of the net neutrality rules,” said Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “The investigation into this matter is not over,” says Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, who has had an ongoing correspondence with Pai about the May 2017 incident, including his false statements. “You cannot lie to the Congress and the American people for more than a year, point fingers when your lie is revealed, and expect to get away with it scot-free.” All of them vow to follow up.
“If Chairman Pai was advised by FCC general counsel or the FCC inspector general not to notify Congress when he learned no attack took place, we need to see those decisions in writing, along with all internal records related to their made-up cyber-attack,” says Dingell.
At the moment, Pai is blaming it all on then-FCC CIO David Bray, issuing a statement saying he is “deeply disappointed” that Bray provided “inaccurate information” about an alleged cyberattack and by the way, it is all President Obama’s fault because Bray “was hired by the prior Administration.” Sure. The big boss at the agency had nothing to do with any official statements.