Holder oils up the law for BP

June 1, 2010 18:51

Attorney General Eric Holder said ‘ And we will prosecute to the full extent any violations of the law.’ uh except illegal immigration, Black Panther voter intimidation and maybe election influence bribery .. oh yea and tax cheating.

By Michael O’Brien and Sam Youngman at The Hill.com

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday the federal government has launched a criminal and civil investigation into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and pledged a review that would be “meticulous” and “aggressive.”

Holder said during a trip to the Gulf Coast to tour the affected area that the government was reviewing whether BP and federal regulators had violated federal laws in the lead-up to the April explosion of a BP-leased rig, which triggered a massive spill that has yet to be contained.

“[A]s we have said all along, we must also ensure that anyone found responsible for this spill is held accountable,” Holder said, according to his prepared remarks. “That means enforcing the appropriate civil – and if warranted, criminal – authorities to the full extent of the law.”

He added: “We will make certain that those responsible clean up the mess they have made and restore or replace the natural resources lost or injured in this tragedy. And we will prosecute to the full extent any violations of the law. As our review expands in the days ahead, we will be meticulous, we will be comprehensive, and we will be aggressive. We will not rest until justice is done.”


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