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GOP leaders forced Rep. Barton to retract apology to BP

GOP leaders forced Rep. Barton to retract apology to BP 17 Jun 2010 Under pressure from Republican leaders who threatened to remove him from a ranking committee position, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Whackjob-Tex.) late Thursday retracted his apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the way his company has been treated by the U.S. government -- a comment that had drawn heavy criticism from both parties. Barton made that apology to Hayward in his opening statement Thursday morning before Hayward's testimony to the House subcommittee, in which Barton decried the Obama administration for pressuring BP to open a $20 billion escrow account and to suspend dividend payments for the rest of the year.