Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to Pursue ‘Illegal Behavior’ of BP
June 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The Gulf oil disaster has just taken a new direction. The White House announced today that the federal government has initiated an investigation to ready possible criminal charges against BP and other parties responsible for the oil spill. President Obama promised to bring “those responsible to justice.” And Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to be “extremely forceful” in pursuing charges against BP.
President Obama set the stage today, during his remarks on the Gulf oil crisis:
“[O]ur responsibility doesn’t end there. We have an obligation to investigate what went wrong and to determine what reforms are needed so that we never have to experience a crisis like this again. If the laws on our books are insufficient to prevent such a spill, the laws must change. If oversight was inadequate to enforce these laws, oversight has to be reformed. If our laws were broken, leading to this death and destruction, my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice on behalf of the victims of this catastrophe and the people of the Gulf region.”
Holder traveled to the Gulf region to meet with state attorneys in preparation for a coordinated criminal malfeasance probe.
Holder spoke at a press conference in Louisiana promising justice:
“We will closely examine the actions of those involved in the spill. If we find evidence of illegal behavior, we will be extremely forceful in our response,” Holder said.
Now we are talking!