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 ClintonWith Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved Meet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska 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 TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE. But Cook also reportedly hosted a fundraiser for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk Republicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Wis.) and donated to the campaign of vulnerable Republican Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTax rules will be subject to more OMB review under new memo Ending sex trafficking tomorrow requires preventing child abuse today Doctors bristle at push for opioid prescription limits MORE (Ohio).

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