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Lawmaker: Regent's silence 'slap in face'

Dec. 18, 2013 at 10 p.m.

AUSTIN (AP) - Facing an extraordinary threat of impeachment, University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall received a fresh scolding Wednesday from lawmakers who blasted "maverick" conduct and questioned his secretive talks with the agent of Alabama football coach Nick Saban.

Hall didn't attend the latest investigative hearing at the Capitol with his job on the line. That only further angered a bipartisan House committee weighing accusations that Hall misused his office by embarking on an obsessive campaign to oust Austin campus President Bill Powers.

"It's a slap in the face," said Republican state Rep. Dan Flynn, chairman of the House Select Committee on Transparency.



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