Obama sends Holder to Gulf Coast; Mobile may be in spill path

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is headed to the Gulf Coast today to see areas affected by the oil spill on the same day that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association -- NOAA -- forecast that the oil spill is near the mouth of Mobile Bay and could come ashore as soon as this week.

And he'll be meeting with attorneys general from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, along with several U.S. attorneys.

Several senators have asked the Justice Department to look at whether criminal or civil laws were broken in the spill.

The Justice Department has told Sen. Barbara Boxer that it has ordered BP not to destroy documents that could be relevant in an investigation.

In Washington, meanwhile, President Barack Obama will be holding his first meeting with the two chairmen he appointed to lead an independent panel investigating the oil spill.


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