July 8th, 2010
08:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Holder suggests companies beyond BP are being investigated

Aspen, Colorado (CNN) – Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that the Justice Department might not only be focused on BP in its Gulf Coast oil spill investigation.

"We opened a criminal investigation but did not indicate what the subject of the investigation was," Holder told CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer at the Aspen Institute's 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. "There are a variety of entities and a variety of people who are the subjects of that investigation."

"For people to conclude that BP is the focus of this investigation might not be correct," Holder added.

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  1. they call me "tater salad"

    Go get 'em Holder......It's nice to see a lefty with some teeth!!!!!

    July 8, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Jeff Spangler

    The usual suspects include BP, Transocean, Halliburton, Schlumberger and a host of other entities like BP partners Anadarko and Mitsui. There's plenty of deep pockets and decades of litigation to spread the blame around, meanwhile giving BP some relief from the immediate crushing drain of cash which still threatens bankruptcy. I continue to prefer a temporary conservatorship while they still have some assets left, but Obama's too timid to consider such a bold step.

    July 8, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Mr. Holder, please publish a list of offenders so the GObP can mail out their sympathy cards.

    July 8, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. jbakaregit

    That's right Holder. Go get Cheney's 2001 secret energy meeting, which I'm sure included Halliburton (one of the people responsible for the blowout on the rig bottom).

    That's why we are seeing his daughter once again running her mouth trying to get people to look the other way.

    And while you are at it Holder, please continue builidng the torture (aka enhanced interrogation) cases against Cheney as well. He and Bush admitted (Bush most recently) that they waterboarded (which is torture) that they had folks waterboarded. We as a country executed Japanese soldiers for doing the same to our soldiers at the end of WW2.

    July 8, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. BeverlyNC

    I sure hope Dick Cheney is on the list for criminal investigation. He is directly responsible for the BP oil disaster. He personally appointed oilmen he controlled to the management positions at MMS, the regulatory agency of the oil industry. Cheney did this in 2001 and the corruption began. All the oil companies were given the green light to rid themselves of their safety depts and engineers. They totally abandoned safety procedures and scenarios because they knew the Bush govt was not going to hold them accountable for anything.
    There was also a huge conflict of interest as Cheney's company, Haliburton got all the rig contracts. It was illegal and unethical.
    All their safety manuals were identical and carried the same mistakes -like protecting walruses in the Gulf. Employees were threatened and intimiidated to keep their mouths shut about safety concerns and violations.
    Just like the Republicans let the banks run wild, they let the oil companies do the same. Both ended in disaster.
    Cheney is a criminal on many levels and I hope he finally pays for his traitorous acts as VP. He is pure evil.

    July 9, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |