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According to Bloomberg, the Justice Department wants the monitor to be able to conduct the interviews as part of an investigation into book price fixing.
In a federal court filing on Monday, the government asserted that the interviews are “standard procedure in monitorships,” according to Bloomberg.
The monitor stems from an antitrust case filed against Apple for its pricing of electronic books.
Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich was appointed to monitor the company two months ago. Since that time, he has been allowed to interview only 11 people, he has said, including just one board member and one executive.