Reporting from Washington — An Obama administration official who was the principal architect behind the federal government's bailout of General Motors Corp. in 2008 may have lied to Congress, lawmakers charged on Thursday.
Ron Bloom, former senior advisor to the Treasury secretary and now assistant to the president for Manufacturing Policy, reportedly told a journalist and an author that he "did this all for the unions."
During a June 22 congressional hearing about the lasting implications of the bailout, lawmakers asked Bloom if he ever made those comments. The following transpired:
Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.): "Well did you say this at a dinner? There was a dinner and it was reported by David Shepardson, Washington correspondent for the Detroit News. At a farewell dinner of the Auto Task Force held in the restaurant Rosa Mexicano in late July 2009 that you allegedly said, 'I did this all for the unions.' "