Mukasey says the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is too harsh and needs to be modified.
The Big Oil connection? It comes from this comment by the now-lobbyist Mukasey:
“The law itself has a couple of problems with it,” Mukasey told POLITICO. He said the business community mainly wants the wording clarified. “In some countries, enterprises are state-owned, so everybody’s a foreign official. You take somebody out to dinner that’s intended to get you a competitive benefit and, boom: You get an investigation.”What's one place where enterprises are regularly state-owned? OPEC member nations. Nigeria, to be specific, is a hotbed of oil-based bribery.
Now, it COULD for other reasons. But, given that Debevoise & Plimpton also practices in the UK, and Shell has been alleged to have engaged in bribery, there's a bit more circumstantial evidence there.