Klobuchar calls for criminal investigation into BP oil spill

WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar Monday called for the Justice Department to “open an inquiry into whether British Petroleum (BP) made false and misleading statements to the federal government regarding its ability to respond to oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Klobuchar and seven other Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The Senate EPW Committee is one of several in Congress investigating the BP oil spill and response.

“I request that you review this matter with respect to civil and criminal laws related to false statements to the federal government,” the senators wrote, “as well as any federal law or regulation that may have been violated in connection with issues surrounding the spill.” Their full letter can be found by clicking here.

Three Senate committees will hold hearings today on some facet of the spill. The two of those that Klobuchar sits on, the Commerce and EPW, will both hold hearings on cleanup efforts at the exact same time this afternoon.

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