CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU STATEMENT ON FBI DROPPING CASE AGAINST APPLE
Congressman Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued a statement following the Department of Justice’s decision to withdraw its lawsuit against Apple to compel the technology company to create new firmware to undermine the iPhone’s built-in digital security. On February 23, Congressman Lieu sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting that the FBI withdraw the lawsuit.
“I am pleased that the Justice Department has finally abandoned its ill-conceived lawsuit. As I previously wrote to Director Comey, using the court process and an antiquated law to accomplish the FBI’s goal was especially inappropriate in this situation given that Congress and the White House were actively engaged on the issue. The fact that the FBI ultimately found an alternative solution suggests that it did not conduct full due diligence before filing the lawsuit. The entire episode underscores the need for the executive branch to use extraordinary restraint when it comes to exerting extraordinary powers.”