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Google’s Schmidt to testify at Senate antitrust hearing

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google Inc., has agreed to speak before the Senate antitrust subcommittee on Sept. 21. (Peter Foley/BLOOMBERG)

Google chairman Eric Schmidt will appear before Congress to speak about the company’s competitive practices in September.

The Google chairman has agreed to speak at a Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing set for Sept. 21, said a spokeswoman for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), the panel chairman. Google confirmed that Schmidt will be at the hearing. The hearing is titled “The Power of Google: Serving Consumers or Threatening Competition?”

Schmidt agreed to testify before the committee earlier this month at the urging of Kohl and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), after the company first offered chief legal officer David Drummond instead.

“Senators Kohl and Lee expressed a strong desire to have our executive chairman appear in front of the subcommittee, and we're happy to accommodate them,” a Google spokesperson told The Post earlier. “We appreciate their willingness to work with us to make it happen this fall.”

This will mark the first time that Schmidt, no stranger to Washington, will appear before Congress as a Google executive.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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