Obama administration officials said at a forum Wednesday that the auto task force was unaware of General Motors ignition switch problems in 2009 when the auto task force was crafting the $49.

5 billion bailout.

Former auto adviser Harry Wilson said the auto task force was completely unaware of the issue and noted at the time the administration was having trouble getting information out of GM. “We didn’t know about anything like this,” Wilson said at a forum at the Brookings Institution on the fifth anniversary of the auto bailout. “Given how hard it was to get data out of the company at the time, even if we had asked (GM) the point blank question, I doubt we would have gotten a straight answer.”

Citing press reports, Wilson said the issue didn’t get to GM executives that the Obama auto task force dealt as part of the $49.5 billion GM bailout.

“It seems to have been basically stuck at the mid-level of the engineering department and not risen above that. These are all folks we never met.”

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