NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan has denied a request by BP attorneys to obtain emails sent by a former adviser to President Barack Obama during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

A letter sent by BP attorney Robert Gasaway on July 7 asked Shushan for permission to obtain emails sent by Carol Browner, a former Presidential adviser on energy and climate.

"There appears to be material [White House] involvement in the government's response to the oil spill and spill volume estimation process," the letter states.

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