June 17, 2010 by Post Team
Joe Barton:At Thursday’s hearing on Capitol Hill where BP CEO Tony Hayward was called to testify about the oil spill, Texas GOP Rep. Joe Barton apologized to the head of the embattled oil company, characterizing White House to hold BP shares an extortion charge ” and “shameful.”
Sam Stein HuffPost Reporting:
Following the White Paper of the House of Wednesday’s announcement, an army of Republican Party officials are raising questions both about the process by which the offer was made and the agreement itself – even to apologize on behalf of BP United States.
“I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” said Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) during a hearing on Thursday morning with the CEO of BP, Tony Hayward. “I think it is a tragedy in the proportion in the first place that a private company may be subjected to what I would characterize as a” shakedown “- in this case a shakedown 20 billion U.S. dollars – with the U.S. attorney general, is rightfully conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the American people, participating in what amounts to a slush fund to 20 billion U.S. dollars is unprecedented in the history of our nation, which has no standing, which I think sets a terrible precedent for the future of our nation. ”
“I’m just speaking for myself. I’m not speaking for anyone, but I apologize,” said Barton. “I do not want to live in a county where every time a citizen or a company does something that is legitimately ill, [is] subject to some kind of political pressure, again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. ”
The White House struck back immediately with a statement:
“What is shameful is that Joe Barton seems to have more concern for large corporations that caused this disaster to the fishermen, small business owners and communities whose lives have been devastated by the destruction. Congressman Barton can think of a fund to compensate These Americans are a “tragedy”, but most Americans know that the real tragedy is what men and women of the Gulf Coast are going through at this time. Members of both parties should repudiate his comments. ”
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