US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the deal reached with BP over the Deepwater disaster is the "largest total criminal resolution in the history of the United States".
Speaking at a news conference, he also said:
It stands as a testament to the hard work of countless investigators, attorneys, support staff workers and other persons from the Deepwater taskforce to advance a complex and wide-ranging investigation that began even before the oil well was capped.
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