Apple counsel Ted Boutrous told CNBC on Monday that Justice Department lawyers "got a little bit carried away" with their rhetoric in the latest court filing in the tech giant's legal battle against the government over encryption.
"There is a disconnect between the rhetoric in the Justice brief and what we have heard from [FBI Director James] Comey and President Obama," Boutrous said. "The lawyers who filed the brief got a little bit carried away with their rhetoric," he told CNBC.
Boutrous said Apple will shortly respond to the government on why the Justice Department arguments are wrong and "would have terrible consequences" for national security and citizens. Ultimately, though, Apple does not believe the right forum for this battle is the courts.