Testimony continued Wednesday, the second day in the hearing to impeach University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.
First to testify was Barry Burgdorf, former general counsel for the University of Texas system. He says he left his job in May after he was told Hall and three other board members wanted him fired over the review of a UT law school loan program.
"When you look at the evidence before you, if you can make a clear determination that what they're using their office for is an agenda that's not in the best interest of the institution and which is damaging the institution in material ways, I think you have grounds for impeachment," Burgdorf said.
When asked if U.T. system employees feared losing their jobs if they conflicted with regents, Burgdorf said “that's epidemic at the moment."
Some lawmakers have accused Hall of misusing his authority on the board to try to get U.T. President Bill Powers fired or force him to resign.
Hall's attorney, Allan Van Fleet, says his client has been watching the proceedings remotely and is eager to testify.
"His view was kind of well, in a sense I wish they'd just get on with the hanging so I can then get a trial," Van Fleet said.
Requests from Hall's legal team to cross examine witnesses have been rejected by the committee.
"If you were truly interested in an investigatory process that's full, fair and transparent, we would have been invited to the party,” Van Fleet said. “We were not."
Hall is also accused of providing inadequate information regarding a lawsuit he’d been named in on his regent application. He says he later sent a letter to the governor offering to provide more information.
A former appointments director for Governor Rick Perry testified Wednesday that she didn't believe Hall's application was misleading.
The next hearings are scheduled for Nov. 12 and 13.