June 1st, 2010
05:21 PM ET
5 years ago

Feds open criminal oil spill investigation

(CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the massive oil spill spreading through the Gulf of Mexico.

Holder said the investigation would be both comprehensive and aggressive. He promised that the federal officials will prosecute anyone who broke the law.

Holder, who made the announcement during a visit to the Gulf, called early signs of the spill heartbreaking and tragic

The attorney general was in the Gulf to survey the BP oil spill and meet with state attorneys general and federal prosecutors from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, according to the Justice Department.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. dan

    if this oil spill hurts the democrats,then the dems should ban oil drilling forever in the usa

    June 1, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Obama the liar

    Is there an oil leak at Gitmo?? ERIC buddy, you are as under qualified as your novice BARRY.

    June 1, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  3. Djinn

    Nationalize all BP holdings in the US until all obligations re the spill are met in full!!

    June 1, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
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