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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:30 am

AUSTIN (AP) — An embattled University of Texas regent facing a rare threat of impeachment won’t testify as expected this week to a House committee investigating his actions, lawmakers said Tuesday.

Regent Wallace Hall is accused of misusing his office in an attempt to force out Austin campus president Bill Powers, who received a cautious endorsement last week from the UT chancellor that keeps him running the 50,000-student campus.

Leaders of a House transparency committee scheduled to reconvene today expressed disappointed that Hall won’t testify. It came after Hall’s attorney told the committee Monday there remained “confusion” surrounding lawmakers’ intentions.

“Our invitation to Regent Hall still stands. We are eager to hear from him, and are prepared to accommodate his testimony,” Democrat Carol Alvarado and Republican Dan Flynn said in a statement.

If the committee recommends impeachment, the matter would go to the full House and Hall could be removed from office.

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