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Holder Begins Criminal Probe Of BP, Et Al

From those seekers of evil doers at Reuters:

Justice Department doing interviews in oil spill probe

Mon Jul 12, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department has started interviewing witnesses as part of the criminal and civil investigation of the oil spill that has sullied the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a television interview broadcast on Sunday.

The department has asked companies including BP Plc and the firm that drilled the well, Transocean Ltd, to preserve documents related to the explosion on the drill rig and subsequent spill as part of the government probe.

"We are in the process of accumulating documents, talking to witnesses on both the criminal side as well as the civil side," Holder said in an interview aired on CBS’s "Face the Nation."

"There are a variety of entities and a variety of people who are the subjects of that investigation," he said, according to a transcript released by CBS. Holder declined to provide a timetable for possible action by the Justice Department.

Holder defended his decision to take the rare step of acknowledging publicly on June 1 that the Justice Department was investigating the oil spill. Typically, the department refuses to confirm or deny such investigations.

In other words, such investigations are normally never announced. But Mr. Holder is not trying to politicize this.

Not only does this administration attempt to criminalize policy differences, they are trying to criminalize accidents.

Holder said it was appropriate to alert the American people about the investigation, which he said was aimed at ensuring no tax dollars pay for the clean up "and to make sure that we held accountable anybody who was responsible for the spill."

All of which could have been assured through civil suits, rather threatening criminal charges.

The Justice Department could pursue a variety of civil and criminal charges, ranging from violations of the Clean Water Act to the Endangered Species Act. If violations are found, penalties could be in the multiple billions of dollars

None of which will go to cleaning up the spill.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Holder Begins Criminal Probe Of BP, Et Al”

  1. Right of the People says:

    BP should retroactively put some Black Panthers on the board then Holder would drop all charges.

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