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Boxer, Feinstein call for investigation into BP

July 15, 2010 | 12:26 pm

California's two Democratic U.S. Senators want an investigation into BP -- but it might not be what you think. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein aren't calling for a Senate Foreign Relations Committee inquiry into the British company for its role in the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. They want to look at the role the company played in the release of a suspect accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.

According to a joint news release from the senators' offices, "BP has admitted it lobbied British government officials in 2007 for the release of Libyan prisoners, warning that any delay in the prisoner release could jeopardize a $900-million oil exploration deal it had negotiated with the Libyan government."

-- Anthony York in Sacramento