Google’s Schmidt Gets Off Easy in Senate Testimony

Despite hostile testimony from competitors, hearing mostly friendly

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt

WASHINGTON—Google chairman Eric Schmidt may never list Wednesday as one of the favorite days of his life, but, really, it could have been much worse. Yes, he had to face more than an hour and a half of questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, but he ultimately got off easy. None of the senators were able to lay a glove on him or his company, and though he's made gaffes in the past, he avoided making any major mistakes, and came off as prepared and at ease.