April 4th, 2014
08:43 AM ET
8 years ago

Oops moment for senator: He shows up at wrong hearing

Washington (CNN) - Dan Coats has a sense of humor.

The Republican Senator from Indiana is jokingly blaming Russia for his showing up and questioning of a witness at the wrong subcommittee hearing.

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"I think the Russians have been messing with my schedule," Coats said on Twitter, kidding about a possible conspiracy from Moscow.

Coats was one of a handful of U.S. lawmakers singled out by Russia in counter sanctions last month following initial sanctions by Washington and European allies over Moscow's annexation of neighboring Ukraine's autonomous Crimean peninsula.

Coats' tweet was referring to his mistake earlier Thursday, when the Appropriations member appeared at the wrong subcommittee hearing. During a lengthy introduction to a question, he began to commend a witness for his department's quick response to a letter Coats had sent.

After an aide slipped him a piece of paper, Coats interrupted himself, saying "I just got a note saying I'm at the wrong hearing."

The witness, David Cohen, the undersecretary of treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, responded, saying "Well, that would explain why I didn't know anything about this letter."

Coats went on to say that "this is the first time this has ever happened to me," adding that "I saw some familiar faces and I thought this is where I should be," and "I'll go try to find out where I'm supposed to be."

Coats served two terms in the Senate in the late 1980's and 1990's. Later he served as U.S. ambassador to Germany before winning election back to the Senate in 2010.

The mishap was first reported by the Washington Post.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Dan Coats • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. ireuel

    Agree with Keith. Time for some of these old coots to move along. On both sides. Term limits PLEASE.

    April 4, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Jeff

    Well, isn't that nice. Little Georgie and his adorable paintings. We certainly wouldn't want to overtax the unfeeling simpleton by expecting him to do good things for America after his disastrous presidency. Don't expect the kind of post-incumbant humanity expressed by his predecessors.

    Just leave the fool to his tempera paints. That's all he was ever good for.

    April 4, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. Bob

    Did FOX News report this mishap?

    April 4, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Bob

    It's retirement time!

    April 4, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Me

    agree, please!

    April 4, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. bigdoglv

    Keep stirring it up CNN. Maybe if you keep it up you will become the new National Enquirer.

    April 4, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. ritmocojo

    High time for "Hasta la vista, Baby!" for this guy. Or, "it's out to pasture time", sir.

    April 4, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. tct

    Handled with grace and humor all the way around, good to see.

    April 4, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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