Bill Randall, a North Carolina Republican candidate for Congress, is calling for a “thorough investigation” into whether President Barack Obama’s administration colluded with BP to allow the Gulf oil spill.
“There were procedures that were violated by BP that the federal government signed off on, safeguards that decades of engineering wherewithal and knowledge told them that this way the way to do it,” Randall told reporters earlier this week. “They intentionally bypassed that and the safety was compromised.”
Randall continued: “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not necessarily a conspiracy person, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think enough investigation has been done on this. Someone needs to be digging into that situation. Personally, and this is purely speculative on my part and not based on any fact, but personally I feel there is a possibility that there was some sort of collusion.”
Though Randall has insisted he doesn’t know why the Obama administration would want to do this, his claim came in response to a question about whether he supported President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling. That would suggest Randall may be reflecting the views of some conservatives who suspect the oil spill may have been caused on purpose by environmentalists or other people who want to turn public opinion against oil drilling and pass climate-change and green energy legislation.
At a follow-up press conference Thursday, Randall defended his call for an investigation into possible collusion between BP and the federal government but denied that his earlier comments suggested the spill was made to happen or allowed to happen.
Asked if he thought the oil spill was intentional, Randall replied, “I don’t think you can take anything from my statement that indicates that.”
Randall’s comments have become fodder for his Republican opponent, Bernie Reeves, in a June 22 run-off primary, reports the Charlotte News & Observer. And they prompted a scathing editorial in the Greensboro News-Record.
“RandallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent cockeyed ramblings that the Obama administration and BP have conspired to spill oil in the Gulf of Mexico should cause voters to wonder if heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s out of touch … with reality,” the editorial states. “Making such groundless accusations without even the flimsiest corroboration will add nothing to the national dialogue on cause, response, accountability and how to prevent such an unprecedented environmental catastrophe from ever happening again.”
The following video was uploaded to the Web by Crooks and Liars, June 18, 2010.
Victoria’s Secret to cancel annual fashion show
US lingerie brand Victoria's Secret said it was cancelling its annual fashion show which usually draws millions of TV viewers, saying it was shifting its marketing strategy following criticism and weak financial results.
"Did we see a specific material impact on short-term sales in response to the airing of the fashion show?" asked Stuart Burgdoerfer, the finance director of parent company L Brands.
"As a general matter, the answer to that question is no," he told analysts in a conference call Thursday.
He added that Victoria's Secret would be "communicating to customers, but nothing that I would say is similar in magnitude to the fashion show".
Democrats intend to present Mueller findings in next round of impeachment hearings
House Democrats would like to hold at least one impeachment hearing on findings from Robert Mueller's report, but must first sort out court challenges to witnesses and evidence from that investigation.
Roger Stone's trial, which ended in a guilty verdict on all seven counts, raised new questions about whether President Donald Trump perjured himself in written responses to the special counsel's questions, and Democrats may present that evidence and examine Mueller's findings on obstruction of justice, reported Politico.
Joe Biden under fire for telling immigrant rights activist demanding end to deportations to ‘vote for Trump’
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During a campaign event in Greenwood, South Carolina Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden told a protestor who confronted him over the Obama administration's mass deportation policies to "vote for Trump," prompting outrage from immigrant rights groups and activists.
"By now, it is clear that the immigrant community cannot trust Biden."—Carlos Rojas, Movimiento Cosecha