June 1st, 2010
11:48 AM ET
13 years ago

Holder to review legal options in Gulf oil spill

(CNN) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will head to the Gulf Coast Tuesday 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.

Last month a group of senators - including Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California - sent Holder a letter expressing concerns "about the truthfulness and accuracy of statements submitted by BP to the government in its initial exploration plan for the site," and asking Holder to investigate possible criminal and civil wrongdoing.

But in a reply to that letter last week, a Justice Department official did not say whether a criminal investigation had begun.

"The Department of Justice will take all necessary and appropriate steps to ensure that those responsible for this tragic series of events are held fully accountable," Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch wrote.

Holder said last month that the Justice Department would "ensure that BP is held liable."

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Get real!

    Hey Chuck, good luck with that one. Unfortunately there is something in our legal system called burden of proof. The government couldn't even come close to proving without a doubt that the top executives and major shareholders knew what was going to happen. We are far better off using that money to develop alternative energy sources like Joe mentioned.

    June 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. katiec

    Sorry, meant 75 million which is still a disgrace!

    June 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Weepy

    I see it all now. This administration is looking upon this oil spill as a boon to their ambitious political process. Send Holder down there, rile up all the legal folks to a fever pitch, and convince their "supposed" underlings–at least their voting sheep–that the oil spill was a criminal event. Sounds like a logical step for the Chicago-like brains to think!
    I always thought I would like to visit Chicago. Never got there, now I never want to go there. There is NO ONE from Chicago I would ever want to associate with.

    June 1, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. ga

    The same Eric Holder who fostered the Mark Rich pardon for bribe? The same Eric Holder who wanted to try terrorist in NYC?
    The same Eric Holder who wants to read foreign terrorist rights?
    The same Eric Holder who didn't investigate Goldman Sachs?
    The same Eric Holder who didn't investigate the Sestak bribe?

    Eric Holder is an incompetent, corrupt fool who should tender his resignation ASAP.

    June 1, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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