Apple CEO consulted Bill Clinton before testimony

Apple CEO consulted Bill Clinton before testimony
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Apple chief executive Tim Cook consulted former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump’s first year in office was the year of the woman Can a president be impeached for non-criminal conduct? Dems search for winning playbook MORE before testifying for the first time on Capitol Hill, he said in a Washington Post interview published this weekend.

In 2013, Cook testified before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations about allegations that Apple was dodging its taxes through complex legal maneuvers. Lawmakers were specifically concerned with Apple’s alleged use of foreign subsidiaries to lessen its tax bill.

Cook told the newspaper that before he spoke with the committee he consulted a variety of people, including Clinton, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Laurene Powell, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

“I called up President Clinton,” he said. “He knows a lot about the politics. I’d not met him through a political connection. I’d met him through the foundation.”

After he left office, Clinton launched a large global foundation, the Clinton Foundation, which works on a wide range of issue.

Cook supports a reform of the corporate tax code and said that he thought action on the issue was possible in 2017 — when a new presidential administration will be in office.

“I think there’s wide agreement to that in both parties, by the way,” he said. “There’s a difference of view with different people about how to fix it, but I think everybody agrees the current system isn’t working. So I’m optimistic that, in 2017, there will be some sort of corporate tax reform.”

Cook has worked to more aggressively position Apple in Washington since taking over as its top executive.

This year the company opted not to donate to the Republican National Convention because of controversial statements made by its presidential nominee, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE. But Cook also reportedly hosted a fundraiser for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) and donated to the campaign of vulnerable Republican Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanFlake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race Overnight Tech: Regulators to look at trading in bitcoin futures | Computer chip flaws present new security problem | Zuckerberg vows to improve Facebook in 2018 MORE (Ohio).

Openly gay, Cook has also been personally outspoken on civil rights issues, particularly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender causes.