Sen. Dan Coats asks right questions at wrong hearing

BY Willis Raburu  April 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM EST

It takes a lot of work to prepare for an appropriations hearing, but that is just half the job. The next step is to be at the right place at the right time.

Seems like an easy task, right? Not always.

Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana made an appearance at a Congressional hearing Friday prepared to ask his questions. He just showed up at the wrong committee.

“I am not here to get a specific answer from you,” the senator said to David Cohen, the undersecretary of treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, who was listening keenly. Coats had commended Cohen on his department’s quick response to a letter about a military accounting office in Coats’ home state.

However, after finishing, an aide was seen handing Coats a note — the contents of which the committee was to find out soon after.

“I have just got a note saying I am at the wrong hearing” said Coats.

“That would explain why I didn’t know anything about this letter,” said a relieved Cohen.

The senator maintained that he has a sterling record of being at the right place. “Well, this is the first time this has even happened to me,” he said.

“I’ll go try to find out where I’m supposed to be.”