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Google Has a Hill Meeting

September 6, 2011

One of the Republicans' top anti-trust watchdogs, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is meeting with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt on Wednesday for a one-on-one interview, according to a source familiar with the plans.

The meeting in Lee's office precedes Schmidt's visit to the Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee later this month, where he will take questions on the expanding dominion of the world's largest search company.

Lee has written to Google on previous occasions to question whether the company treats competitors fairly in its search results.The company had initially resisted, instead offering Chief Legal Officer David Drummond. Without specifically threatening to use its subpoena power, the subcommittee warned that it would prefer to work out its request by agreement "rather than needing to resort to more formal procedures."

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