"I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown," Mr. Barton said.
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Mr. Barton, an oil industry ally, said he was "ashamed of what happened" and accused the White House of conducting a "$20 billion shakedown" by requiring BP to establish the fund to compensate those hurt by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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