The battle between Apple and the FBI reached all the way to Capitol Hill today.

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(00:12:02): Turning now to some of the day`s other news. The battle between Apple and the FBI reached all the way to Capitol Hill today. Apple is fighting the FBI`s demand to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. As our Pete Williams explains both are asking Congress to play referee and find an answer.

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MAN (00:12:21): And if you would please rise I`ll begin by swearing you in.

PETE WILLIAMS (00:12:24): The FBI director faced a skeptical House Judiciary Committee over requiring that Apple write special software to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers.

JAMES COMEY (00:12:36): Essentially, we`re asking Apple, take the vicious guard dog away, let us try and pick the lock.

PETE WILLIAMS (00:12:40): Comey said the FBI asked every part of the U.S. government to crack the phone and concluded only Apple held the key.

REPRESENTATIVE JASON CHAFFETZ (R-Utah) (00:12:47): When has it been the function of government to compel or force a private citizen or a company to act as an agent of the government to do what the government couldn`t do?

PETE WILLIAMS (00:12:57): Apple`s top lawyer warned that if the FBI gets what it wants the software to disable an iPhone security could get into the wrong hands.

BRUCE SEWELL (Apple General Counsel) (00:13:05): We think that protecting the security and the privacy of hundreds of millions of iPhone users is the right thing to do. That`s the reason that we`re doing this.

PETE WILLIAMS (00:13:15): But some committee members worried about phones keeping evidence out of the reach of law enforcement.

REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY (R-South Carolina) (00:13:21): You can go into people`s bodies and remove bullets but you can`t go into a dead person`s iPhone and remove data? I just find it baffling.

PETE WILLIAMS (00:13:29): A federal judge in Brooklyn has now ruled for Apple in the battle over access to a drug dealer`s locked iPhone, saying the government cannot force Apple to bypass the security measure it markets to its customers. Something the judge said would be plainly offensive to the company.

(00:13:44): For now, Apple is on a roll, a win in court, its stock price up. Next, the San Bernardino court hearing in three weeks.

(00:13:51): Pete Williams, NBC News, Washington.

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LESTER HOLT (00:13:53): There is a lot more ahead tonight. Back on the stand, more emotional testimony from Erin Andrews as the trauma she still feels years after a stalker secretly taped her but the defense firing back suggesting the incident actually helped her career.

(00:14:07): Also police say he led them on a chase in a Hummer holding children hostage but he slipped away. Now, the manhunt is on.

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