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Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. senator from New York, appeared on The Rachel
Maddow Show on Wednesday and said that she expects the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing about "don't ask, don't tell"
as soon as this month.
"I think we'll have one this fall," said Gillibrand, pegging the time frame as "probably in October or November."
The senator said she hoped the hearing would correct the "extraordinary amount of misinformation" about the 16-year-old ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.
Given this weekend's comments from National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones that President Obama would take on the ban at the "appropriate" time, Maddow asked Gillibrand whether she thought the White House would give the current effort substantial support.
"I think the White House will support this," said Gillibrand. "I think the president supports it. He certainly has so stated over the last several months and years. It's something that is time."
Gillibrand added that support might also come from unexpected quarters of Congress.
"I think there's more support than you think," she said. "I think there's a number of senators that are considering their views on this issue and I think the benefit of a hearing is we will get this evidence out to be debated fully."
Watch the conversation below.