Democratic members of a Senate committee examining the Deepwater Horizon oil spill said today that they want the U.S. Department of Justice to throw the book at the companies responsible. Republicans were a little more cautious.

At a hearing this morning, senators urged Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli to pursue civil liability against BP, Transocean, and any other companies that could be found at fault. They also repeatedly pushed for criminal investigations of the companies.

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