With federal and California prosecutors conducting criminal investigations of HP’s use of deceptive tactics to find a boardroom leaker, some experts say the executives’ testimony to Congress could be fraught with legal peril.
On the other hand, the risks of invoking their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination _ as a parade of corporate executives have done on Capitol Hill in recent years _ could be even greater, according to others.
Dunn, who authorized the leak investigation and has agreed to cede the chairmanship to the company’s chief executive in January, and General Counsel Ann Baskins will testify at the hearing next Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to HP spokesman Ryan Donovan and committee spokesman Terry Lane.
In appearing before the panel, the two executives of Silicon Valley’s largest and oldest technology company will be stepping into the highly charged and well-choreographed theater that is a congressional hearing. Enduring hours of questioning, business executives often sit at witness tables as they are vilified by lawmakers before television cameras.