Did Apple really refuse to testify before a bipartisan Senate subcommittee?

From Senators Amy Klobuchar (D) and Mike Lee (R) to Apple CEO Tim Cook (via Business Insider):

We write regarding Apple Inc.’s refusal to provide a witness to testify in a timely manner before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights at a hearing to examine the competition issues raised by app stores… We strongly urge Apple to reconsider its position and to provide a witness to testify before the Subcommittee in a timely manner.

From Apple, which expressed “surprise,” to Klobuchar and Lee (via Bloomberg):

We have deep respect for your role and process on these matters and, as we told your staff, we are willing to participate in a hearing in the subcommittee. We simply sought alternative dates in light of upcoming matters that have been scheduled for some time and that touch on similar issues.

My take: “Refusal” never rang true. That’s not how Tim Cook rolls. It is, however, how Amy Klobuchar  and Tim Lee roll. And it gets results. Apple will be making Chief Compliance Officer Kyle Andeer available for the April 21 hearing.


  1. T R said:
    Mike Lee from Utah. Same old showbiz.
    “Business Insider”. Same old BS.

    April 11, 2021
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Like nearly all Committee hearings this is nothing more than posturing for their respective constituents.

    I’ll bet TC is telling Congress he isn’t going to participate in these non-productive political sideshows anymore.

    April 11, 2021
    • Robert Stack said:
      @Gregg: I’m sure you realize TC is far too smart to tell Congress – directly or indirectly – anything like that. Because then they’d try to show “who’s boss.” And remember they have subpoena power. So instead the smart thing is to send someone like Kyle. TC knows how to play the game…

      April 12, 2021
  3. Michael Goldfeder said:
    They probably didn’t want to send anyone as their testimony/ statements before a Senate Subcommittee could possibly become something to be used against them at the upcoming Epic trial.

    Tim Cook should have told them to contact Rod Hall is he’s the “Person Most Knowledgeable” (PMK) about all things Apple.

    April 11, 2021
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      I like your explanation more than mine (although, deep down, I think TC would like to thumb his nose at them).

      April 12, 2021

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