Rep. Jeff Barton apologizes to BP CEO for shakedown

Well, this is turning into a political problem for Barton, but first the video:



For me, it may be a little sappy to issue an apology at this point in time, but I completely agree with his sentiment. There are certainly better ways to call out the white house on their power hungry ways.

According to Hotair, Rep. John Boehner is distancing himself from the apology:

Top Republicans quickly distanced themselves from Barton. The House Minority Leader, Rep. John Boehner, asked if he disagrees with Barton’s apology, said, “I do.” …

“BP is responsible and is being held responsible,” said Boehner. “But the federal government failed the American people as well.”

And Rep. Jeff Miller (R) is calling for Barton to step down from the committee:

“I condemn Mr. Barton’s statement. Mr. Barton’s remarks are out of touch with this tragedy and I feel his comments call into question his judgment and ability to serve in a leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” MIller said in a statement. “He should step down as ranking member of the Committee.”

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