Hall willing to testify but wants subpoena

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Associated Press

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 3:04 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall has told lawmakers he's willing to answer questions at his next impeachment hearing, but wants to be subpoenaed to testify under oath.

Hall attorney Allan Van Fleet sent a letter to the House Select Transparency in State Agency Operations Committee. Van Fleet said Tuesday that Hall wants to "tell his side of the story" at the Nov. 12-13 hearings, but declined to elaborate.

A subpoena would give Hall some legal protection if he's asked to divulge confidential information.

Some lawmakers have accused Hall of misusing his position to try to force out Austin campus President Bill Powers. The committee is investigating whether Hall withheld information on his appointment application, abused open records laws and released private student or employee information.

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