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Google CEO Eric Schmidt Will Face Senate Antitrust Committee

Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt will be appearing before a Senate antitrust committee to testify in an on-going probe into Google’s search dominance this autumn.

The company’s decision to let Schmidt appear before the committee comes after it received a threatening letter from the Senate asking its top two executives, Schmidt and Larry Page, to testify.

The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights has launched a probe into the search engine giant’s dominance over the web, after some competitors complained that the company favoured its own products over competition in its search results.

The company has also been accused of creating an ad monopoly. The investigation will also study the impact of the recent acquisitions made by Google within the market.

“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. We appreciate their willingness to work with us to make it happen this Fall,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to The Register.

The Committee has said that it will be looking forward to the meeting with Schmidt and will discuss a whole range of business operations and not just the legal issues.