Monday’s congressional antitrust hearing with four major tech CEOs has been postponed.
The highly anticipated hearing, scheduled for noon on Monday, planned to examine the business practices of Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google, with lawmakers probing whether those companies used their market power to crush smaller rivals.
The House Judiciary Committee has now delayed the hearing and has not listed a new date online.
CEOs Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai were all scheduled to testify together for the first time, and it would also be Bezos’ first appearance before Congress — Cook and Pichai have each testified once in the past, and Zuckerberg has testified twice before.
Prior to news of a possible delay, Reuters reported that all four CEOs planned to appear virtually rather than in person due to the coronavirus.
Politico’s Cristiano Lima reported on Thursday that it was “highly likely” the hearing would be delayed, citing unnamed sources. According to Politico, the hearing was delayed due to Rep. John Lewis lying in state at the Capitol next week.
Lewis, a civil rights leader and representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, died last week at the age of 80 after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Thursday that Lewis would lie in state on the front steps of the Capitol and that a public viewing would take place Monday night and all day Tuesday.