Senators Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Michael Lee, R-Utah, won't take 'no' as an acceptable answer from Google's Eric Schmidt and Larry Page.
Google's top executives have flatly refused to appear at a hearing by the Senate's antitrust subcommittee about business practices in the search industry, says Lee.
Instead, the search giant has assigned Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond to show up. The hearing is slated for later this summer, before the Senate's August recess.
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The executives' refusal is not sitting well with the esteemed senators. Kohl and Lee have sent a letter to Schmidt and Page formally asking one of them to appear in person to supply testimony and answer their questions.
"Google is the pre-eminent provider of Internet search, and a hearing on this important topic would be incomplete without the direct perspective and views from one of Google's top two executives," the letter states. "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 merely legal issues."
Lee - the ranking member of the Senate's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights - was miffed enough to issue a separate statement of his own.
"I'm very disappointed in Google's response to the request to have Larry Page or Eric Schmidt testify at our subcommittee hearing," says Lee. "I'm committed to work with Senator Kohl and others on the committee to ensure we have the opportunity to investigate these issues thoroughly and receive adequate responses from Google."