[Guest post by DRJ]
BP CEO Tony Hayward is appearing before a Congressional committee today regarding the Oil Spill and Texas Congressman Joe Barton apologized to Hayward and BP:
“In his opening statement, Barton apologized to BP for the fund and its circumstances.
“I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” Barton said. “I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown. In this case, a $20-billion shakedown with the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the interests of the American people, participating in what amounts to a $20-billion slush fund. It is unprecedented in our nation’s history.”
Barton later apologized for his apology but was more direct in a statement issued in his name later: “I apologize for using the term “shakedown,” and I retract my apology to BP.”
Democrats claim they were appalled by Barton’s statement.