Senior GOP lawmakers on the Energy & Commerce Committee did not respond to a request for comment.


The letter asks Pai to answer, before August 28, when he and his chief of staff, Matthew Berry, first became aware that the comment system issues were likely not caused by a DDoS attack; why he did not seek to correct his misrepresentations to Congress either publicly or on a confidential basis; and whether the inspector general’s office had specifically asked him not to disclose that his statements to Congress were false.

As of Friday, Pai had not been in touch with several lawmakers to whom he provided false information over the past year, Gizmodo reported. With Republicans in the majority, congressional Democrats have little authority to compel Pai to answer their questions.


“It is troubling that you allowed the public myth created by the FCC to persist and your misrepresentations to remain uncorrected for over a year,” the Democrats’ letter concludes. “To the extent that you were aware of the misrepresentations prior to the release of the Report and failed to correct them, such actions constitute a wanton disregard for Congress and the American public.”

Chairman Pai will appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation on Thursday, August 16, alongside fellow commissioners Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr, and Jessica Rosenworcel.


The FCC did not respond to a request for comment.

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