Barton retracts BP apology, regrets 'shakedown' comment

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Thursday, June 17, 2010; 5:41 PM

By Aaron Blake UPDATED at 4:15 p.m. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) has retracted his apology to BP, under pressure from top House Republicans. In comments at a House hearing this morning, Barton apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the administration's conduct in securing a $20 billion fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill, calling it a "shakedown." "I apologize for using the term 'shakedown' with regard to yesterday's actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP," Barton said in a statement. "As I told my colleagues yesterday and said again this morning, BP should bear the full financial responsibility for the accident on their lease in the Gulf of Mexico. "I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident." It was Tony Hayward - Bart Stupak - BP - Deepwater Horizon - United States

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