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Inside the power struggle over the high-stakes hearing with top tech CEOs

“Such a move would be unfair to the witnesses who have agreed in good faith to subject themselves to this hearing,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel tech trade group NetChoice. His group, one of the tech industry’s most aggressive lobbying forces in Washington, counts Google, Facebook and Amazon among its members.

“We already saw how Mark Zuckerberg when he last testified was up there for hours on end. Now multiply that times four,” Szabo added. If each CEO testified on separate panels, lawmakers could get five minutes or more to question each one, rather than a similar amount of time allotted to questions for the group.