AG Lynch stands firm on iPhone demand as Apple seeks help from Congress

February 24, 2016 6:31 PM

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended the FBI’s push to access a locked and encrypted iPhone in its investigation of the San Bernardino attack, saying judges at all levels have held such companies “must assist if it is reasonably within their power to do so” – and suggesting Congress does not need to get involved as Apple wants.

Lynch’s comments come as Apple prepares to tell a federal judge this week in legal papers that its fight with the FBI over accessing the iPhone should be kicked to Congress, rather than decided by courts.

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