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It's Not British Petroleum, But U.K. Prime Minister Will Have To Address BP

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David Cameron is en route to the U.S., for his first visit as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

As The Hill puts it, "Cameron's first visit to the White House as Great Britain's prime minister Tuesday will be shadowed by the problems of BP."

Over the last few days, the prime minister has done everything he can to distance himself from the energy company, which was once known as British Petroleum.

At the White House, chances are he will have to talk about the company's blown-out well and its alleged involvement in the release of one of the men responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

According to the BBC, before he left 10 Downing Street, Cameron "attacked the release of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, ahead of his first official visit to the US as PM."

Mr Cameron described the Scottish government decision to free Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last year as "completely wrong."

Last year, the Scottish government released al-Megrahi early, saying he was near-death, battling prostate cancer.

Now, reports indicate he may have been — and indeed may be — in better health than officials thought.

There is also evidence a BP representative may have been involved in negotiations for the release of al-Megrahi.

Today, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Bob Menedez (D-NJ) called for "a full investigation into al-Megrahi's release and whether oil giant BP was involved," the Los Angeles Times reports.

In the letter, the senators express concern about correspondence between the British, Scottish and Libyan governments regarding al-Megrahi's release to Libya and add, " We have also been dismayed to hear from a BP representative that the company actively lobbied the previous government on behalf of the PTA (Prisoner Transfer Agreement), and media reports suggest BP even tried to address the release of this individual."

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