The Indiana Republican went to what he thought
was an appropriations hearing on the defense budget on Wednesday and was posing
an appropriate question on that subject when someone handed him a piece of
"I just got a note saying I'm at the wrong hearing," Coats said.
He had thought he was at meeting of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs
and Related Agencies Subcommittee but instead was at a gathering of the
Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee.
"I think the Russians have been messing with my schedule," he tweeted on
Last month Moscow included Coats on a list of congressional leaders and White
House officials banned from entering Russia in response to U.S. efforts to
sanction Russia for taking over Crimea from Ukraine.
Coats had responded to the Russian move by saying he was disappointed he would
not be able to take his family on vacation to Siberia.
(Writing by Bill Trott; editing by Phil Berlowitz)
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