Remember when Senators Gillibrand and Schumer alleged that BP had a role in the Lockerbie Bomber release and they called for an investigation?
In light of the news that Megrahi, reportedly living comfortably in Libya, may live that much longer, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, with their New Jersey counterparts Sens. Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, called for the U.K. to reexamine Megrahi’s release to see whether BP was involved.
Now that we know BP had nothing to do with Abdel Baset al-Megrahi’s release and that it was the White House that actually worked with Scottish officials to broker the deal, will Gillibrand, Schumer & co. call for an investigation into the administration, too? They wanted to enact a moratorium based upon these allegations:
The senators are also calling for a moratorium on drilling off the Libyan coast. “We do not think that BP should be allowed to drill until we have resolution on this issue,” Gillibrand said. Although the U.S. doesn’t have the authority to call such a moratorium, “we are calling the UK to assist us in this,” she said.
Oh, the White House feigns surprise almost as good as Bill Clinton:
The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama’s claim last week that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.
The US has tried to keep the letter secret, refusing to give permission to the Scottish authorities to publish it on the grounds it would prevent future “frank and open communications” with other governments.