Google's Schmidt to testify before Senate subcommittee

Google had hoped to send its chief legal officer but agreed to send Schmidt after two senators requested his presence

Google has agreed to send its chairman, Eric Schmidt, to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's Antitrust Subcommittee, which is investigating competition issues in Internet search.

Google had hoped to send its chief legal officer instead. But in a June letter, two senators asked Google to send either Schmidt or CEO Larry Page.

"We strongly prefer to have one of you as the witness representing Google at the hearing, which will address fundamental questions of business operations rather than merely legal issues," Senator Herb Kohl, a Democrat from Wisconsin, and Senator Michael Lee, a Republican from Utah, wrote in the letter.

While the senators initially asked that one of the executives appear in advance of the August congressional recess, Lee on Friday said Schmidt would testify in September. In a statement, Lee said he was pleased that Schmidt had agreed to testify.

In addition to the scrutiny from the Senate's antitrust subcommittee, Google is facing a review of its business by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Nancy Gohring covers mobile phones and cloud computing for The IDG News Service. Follow Nancy on Twitter at @idgnancy. Nancy's e-mail address is Nancy_Gohring@idg.com

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