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.