Three members of a Congressional oversight committee have asked former Obama administration car czar Ron Bloom to clarify statements he made under oath during a hearing last month.
Under questioning from U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., Bloom denied saying: "I did this all for the unions" at a 2009 farewell dinner for the automotive task force.
Burton confronted Bloom about the comment during a June 22 hearing of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending.
In a letter dated Wednesday, Burton, subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, encourage Bloom to "amend or clarify" his testimony.
"It appears that either a respected reporter and your former boss in the Obama Administration have both given inaccurate accounts of your comments to the public, or your testimony was not completely truthful."
According to the letter, Bloom's alleged union comment was reported by The Detroit News on Nov. 24, 2009, and in the book Overhaul: An Insider's Account of the Obama Administration's Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry, by Bloom's predecessor, Steven Rattner.
Rattner's book implies that Bloom was speaking in jest. Rattner writes: "Ron Bloom was there to lighten the mood. 'I did this all for the unions!' he jokingly declared."
The Wall Street Journal, which reported the story on its Web site Wednesday night, said Bloom did not return phone calls seeking comment.