Rep. Salmon Calls for FBI Briefing on Case Against Apple

Mar 10, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement after sending a bipartisan letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting a classified briefing on the details of their investigation into the San Bernardino terrorist’s phone and the related legal case.

“Emerging technologies have the power to change the world, and with it the needs of our law enforcement agents.  With the FBI currently relying on an unprecedented interpretation of the 1789 All Writs Act in its attempt to compel Apple, Inc. to bypass the encryption on its own product, the need for congressional clarity on just what the FBI is seeking couldn’t be higher.  If there are gaps in our laws, Congress must work to fill them.  But it is not the role of an activist judicial branch to rewrite them absent Congressional action.  It is my hope that by receiving this briefing, Members of Congress will better understand the challenges the FBI faces, and the underlying policy issues that may require our attention.”

A full copy of the letter can be found here.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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