Obama Scrambles to Distance Himself From BP
AG Eric Holder to visit Gulf Coast today
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 1, 2010 2:55 AM CDT
Eric Holder's news conference in New Orleans today will focus on efforts to hold BP accountable for the disaster.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – The Obama administration has little choice but to work closely with BP on the Gulf oil spill but it's doing its best to make it clear that the relationship isn't cozy. Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to the Gulf Coast today to meet with prosecutors ahead of a possible criminal investigation into the spill, and the administration says it is no longer willing to share a podium with BP at daily press briefings on the disaster, the Washington Post reports.

The administration—scrambling to assert that it, not BP, is in charge of the crisis—had made public its disagreement with the company over the latest attempt to stop the oil flow. Administration scientists disagree with BP's claim that cutting off the top of the riser pipe (before capping it) is unlikely to cause an increased flow of oil. "We've been increasingly frustrated with BP on matters of transparency," said an administration official. "We're not going to stand there while BP says there's not going to be any increase in flow rate when they cut the riser."
 

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