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 ClintonPioneer of modern redistricting dies at 75 To reduce urban violence, let's consider the real causes — not guns, police or 'low' taxes Political analyst: Trump's attorneys 'should be disbarred' if they allow him to talk to Mueller 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 TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE. But Cook also reportedly hosted a fundraiser for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNew Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem' Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders MORE (R-Wis.) and donated to the campaign of vulnerable Republican Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate panel spars with Trump administration over treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children Senate study: Trump hasn’t provided adequate support to detained migrant children Senators introduce bill to change process to levy national security tariffs MORE (Ohio).

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