Well of course
Obviously Google does no want an open hearing - why allow your competitors to have a voice ? They just might have an argument that sticks.
Google is not about openness, and nothing about the inner workings of Google is open in any way. Google is all about backroom deals, lobbying and whispering softly in the right ears. With a brown envelope if need be.
Anything to avoid proper regulation and oversight. It's such a hassle to find ways around that.