Whether this additional support will help the FBI's case against Apple is up for debate. Regardless, many in the legal community believe the tech giant is unlikely to budge on this issue.
"Apple is in the right because the federal government has proved at this point that it's not capable of managing data well," said Michael Barnes, a former White House legal adviser under President George W. Bush. "It effectively abuses our privacy rights and neglects our security rights."
The tech giant itself argued as much on Thursday, when it filed a motion to vacate a California judge's order that compelled Apple to create software that would let investigators access the mobile phone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. "No court has ever granted the government power to force companies like Apple to weaken its security systems to facilitate the government's access to private individuals' information," Apple said in a release.
One obstacle the government is facing is that current law has not mandated companies like Apple to create a backdoor for law enforcement, Barnes told CNBC's "Closing Bell".
"The FBI is trying to require companies like Google and Apple to do something that is not necessary, that is not mandatory under federal law," noted Barnes. "The government is now requiring a private entity to be conscripted into government service."
That argument is precisely the one made by Apple in its court filing this week. The iPhone maker accused officials of trying to force Apple to create a "GovtOS", or a government operating system that could easily be used on other phones. It added that hacking the phone would violate Apple's constitutional rights, and undermine key consumer expectations of security and privacy.
Despite the perceived problems the government may face by hacking the iPhone in question, FBI Director James Comey said in a statement released this week, "We don't want to break anyone's encryption or set a master key loose on the world."