Apple will now send a top executive to testify before the Senate antitrust subcommittee later this month after lawmakers criticized the company last week for abruptly canceling its plans to appear at the hearing, multiple outlets reported.

Key Facts

Apple said in a letter Sunday it would make its chief compliance officer, Kyle Andeer, available to testify at an April 21 Senate hearing on antitrust concerns with the App Store.

Apple’s response comes after Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) publicly accused the company last week of using its ongoing legal battle with Fortnite-maker Epic Games as an excuse for not providing a witness, even as company executives have testified about the issue in state legislatures earlier this year.

Apple said it was “surprised” at the criticism and insisted it “simply sought alternative dates in light of upcoming matters that have been scheduled for some time and that touch on similar issues,” according to Bloomberg.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

Crucial Quote

“We have deep respect for your role and process on these matters and, as we told your staff, we are willing to participate in a hearing in the subcommittee,” Apple said, according to Bloomberg.

Key Background

The antitrust hearing comes as Apple faces a high-profile lawsuit from Epic Games over its App Store policies. The dispute centers on the 15% to 30% commission Apple charges when users make in-app purchases, which Epic Games argues is anti-competitive. The trial is set to begin May 3, and Cook and other senior executives scheduled to testify. The legal battle is only part of a growing chorus of other tech companies taking aim at the App Store fee. Epic Games, Spotify, Match Group and others—through a non-profit called the Coalition for App Fairness—are lobbying state representatives to pass legislation allowing them to use their own payment processors and avoid the fee.