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Hurd: 'I wish I had asked more questions'

Hurd: 'I wish I had asked more questions'

The bulk of the day's testimony was taken up with questions for Dunn, who resigned from the board last week. Throughout the day, Dunn repeatedly told House members that she did not know of any illegal activity being used to gather information about the leaks. And she said she relied on HP's legal team to keep on top of the probe.

"I had no reason to think anything illegal was going on," Dunn said at one point during her testimony.

Although Hurd was asked about some of the documents handed over to the committee voluntarily by the company ahead of Thursday's hearing, the focus Thursday was clearly on Dunn and her assertion that she wasn't aware of the methods used to get telephone numbers until July of this year.

After Dunn had left the hearing following several hours of testimony and Hurd took the hot seat, Rep. Ed Whitfield, the subcommittee chairman, said, "There was all sorts of evidence that she knew about pretexting early on."

The issue of "pretexting" -- where someone pretends to be someone else to gain access to their telephone records -- was a central issue in Dunn's appearance before the committee. Although Hurd didn't escape those questions about specific documents related to the practice and who at HP may have known about it, he wasn't grilled about them in anywhere near the detail Dunn was.

By the time it was his turn to testify, less than half of the committee was in attendance, and after those still in the room asked their questions, most of them left. By 5:30 p.m., when the hearing ended, only three committee members were on hand.

Although Dunn and Hurd were the highlight witnesses before the committee, a number of people who had been subpoenaed to testify chose to invoke their Fifth Amendment rights. That group included former HP General Counsel Ann Baskins, whose resignation was announced early Thursday.

HP faces several state and federal investigations over its efforts to plug boardroom leaks by hiring an outside company that used pretexting to access the phone records of board members and nine journalists.

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