WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz tells Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal to change his iPhone password after he enters it in on live TV

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal holds up his iPhone during a subcommittee hearing on gun violence.

  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal entered his password into his iPhone on live television.
  • He did so during a live subcommittee hearing, and while his phone was angled toward the camera.
  • “I would note you put out on CSPAN the code on your iPhone, so you might want to change that now,” Sen. Ted Cruz told Blumenthal.
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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas advised Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday that he should change his iPhone password after Blumenthal held his phone up to the camera and entered his password in on live television.

The interaction came during a hearing before the the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. Blumenthal is the chairman of the panel and Cruz is the ranking member.

The purpose of the hearing was to address gun violence in the US and how safe gun storage practices could help mitigate the problem. When it was his turn to speak, Blumenthal noted that “far fewer than 90 seconds would be required to use the kind of safe storage that is available now.”

He then held up his phone to face the camera and added: “On May 25, 2021, we have technology, and it’s on all of our cell phones that enable us to press in less than a second, or if we don’t like that, in again, less than a second, to access our phones -“

While speaking and as his phone was still facing toward the camera, Blumenthal went on to enter in the password.

Cruz then interjected: “Senator Blumenthal, I would note that you put out on C-SPAN the code on your iPhone, so you might want to change that now.”

Blumenthal laughed and replied, “My life is an open book, but I recognize that it’s happened before.”

Watch the interaction below:

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Lawmakers demand answers in fatal Tesla crash after Elon Musk and executives offer conflicting details

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The remains of a Tesla vehicle are seen after it crashed, killing two people, in The Woodlands, Texas, on April 17, 2021.

  • Lawmakers demanded answers Wednesday about a fatal Tesla crash after executives gave conflicting statements.
  • Elon Musk said autopilot wasn’t on, but a top Tesla exec said adaptive cruise control, an autopilot feature, was.
  • Rep. Kevin Brady and Sen. Richard Blumenthal criticized Tesla’s public statements about the crash.
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Lawmakers slammed Tesla’s public response to a deadly crash involving one of its Model S vehicles that killed two men near Houston, Texas, earlier this month following conflicting statements from the company’s executives.

“Despite early claims by #Tesla #ElonMusk, autopilot WAS engaged in tragic crash in The Woodlands. We need answers,” Rep. Kevin Brady, a Texas Republican, tweeted Wednesday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, said he was “disappointed” that Musk weighed in publicly at all, given that two federal agencies still have ongoing investigations into the incident.

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

Local authorities said following the crash that neither of the bodies they recovered were in the driver’s seat, prompting questions about whether the vehicle’s “autopilot” system – a suite of AI-powered driver assistance features – was engaged when the vehicle crashed.

Two days after the crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that early data obtained from the Model S showed “autopilot was not enabled,” and he doubled down on those claims in Tesla’s earnings call Monday, contradicting local authorities.

But in that same call, Tesla vice president of vehicle engineering Lars Moravy said that the vehicle’s traffic-aware, or adaptive, cruise control – part of the autopilot system, according to Tesla’s Model S owner manual – was engaged during the crash.

“Our adaptive cruise control only engaged when the driver was buckled in above 5 miles per hour. And it only accelerated to 30 miles per hour with the distance before the car crashed,” Moravy said, adding that the feature also “disengaged the car slowly to complete to a stop when the driver’s seatbelt was unbuckled.”

Moravy also pushed back on Texas authorities’ statements that no one was driving the car when it crashed.

“Through further investigation of the vehicle and accident remains, we inspected the car with NTSB and NHTSA and the local police and were able to find that the steering wheel was indeed deformed,” he said, “leading to a likelihood that someone was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash and all seatbelts post crash were found to be unbuckled.”

Despite misleading and unverified claims about the autopilot’s capabilities and possible safety advantages, the feature doesn’t make Tesla vehicles fully autonomous. At least three drivers have died while using Tesla’s Autopilot, and the National Transportation Safety Board has called for increased scrutiny of self-driving software.

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