A month earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told the House Judiciary Committee that his company hadn’t been manually altering search results. But now, Breitbart had published an article that claimed to contain “smoking gun” evidence that Google had indeed. And the Republican members of Congress erupted in anger.
“Does this mean @sundarpichai committed perjury?” Sen. Josh Hawley tweeted. Pichai was “less than truthful,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn said. “If Mr. Pichai lied to Congress, he was under oath and it would be a criminal matter for a Grand Jury,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert.
Conservative employees inside Google cheered. The leak that hung Pichai out to dry came from one of their own. “We have tons of white- and blacklists that humans manually curate,” said one Google employee in communication cited by Breitbart. “Hopefully this isn’t surprising or particularly controversial.”