Source: White House will not turn over all Solyndra documents
October 14th, 2011
09:18 PM ET

Source: White House will not turn over all Solyndra documents

The White House will not comply with requests to turn over documents related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government, CNN learned Friday.

A government source provided a letter that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler sent to House Energy and Commerce chair Rep. Fred Upton and subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns Friday afternoon responding to their request for internal White House communications related to the Solyndra loan guarantee.

Solyndra is a California solar panel manufacturer that had received $535 million in federal loan guarantees before it was forced to halt operations and file for bankruptcy at the end of August, putting more than 1,000 workers out of work.

Before its failure, the company had been touted as an example of the benefits of creating green jobs by the Obama administration. But since then, it has become the center of congressional criticism and a probe by the FBI.

Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison resigned Wednesday.

Citing precedent, the president's legal counsel is refusing to hand over all internal White House communications related to the energy firm, including President Obama's Blackberry messages, arguing that the president needs to protect open counsel from advisers and staff.

In part, the letter obtained by CNN says the request "implicates longstanding and significant institutional Executive Branch confidentiality interests. Encroaching upon these important interests is not necessary, however, because the agency documents the Committee has requested, which include communications with the White House, should satisfy the Committee's stated objective – to 'understand the involvement of the White House in the review of the Solyndra loan guarantee and the Administration's support of this guarantee.'"

The letter notes the administration in total has turned over 70,000 pages of documents from the Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of the Treasury, and over 900 pages from the White House itself. The letter also says the White House will continue to cooperate with the investigation.

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  1. leeintulsa

    In oklahoma, we can only vote for republicans or democrats. No other party can qualify..

    October 15, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. JG

    I plan to switch our country over to running on hydrogen generated in nuclear facilities. From ocean water. The emissions from your vehicle will be ultra-pure water.

    I would make a single flat tax for all. everyone pays your fair 10% and that's that. No more tax day every year. No more free rides. Rich or poor, you pay your 10%.

    Vote for me in 16

    I would immediately bring our troops back to the states and use our military might to lock down our borders and stop the invasion of illegals. That's what they're supposed to be for, protecting America – not Iraq and Iran and Afghanistan and Libya and Syria and Etc.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. ibrahim

    Republicans want to investigate the Obama administration for Solyndra's waste if taxpayer money; yet in the same week block a bill holding Wall street executives responsible for the same thing.

    WILL THE HYPOCRISY EVER END?

    October 15, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      Democrats want to investigate Wall St execs but don't want Obama's emails about Solyndra released. Will the hypocrisy ever end?

      October 15, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rich

    The obvious solution to this problem is massive tax cuts for the super rich.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. sonic10158

    John Boehner should bug the White House like Nixon did to... you know the story

    October 15, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. forgot1776

    its over this country is past the point of no return. Corruption and greedy politicians have made us broke and past the point of no return.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Crainium

    I wish a group of renagade military would drone attack Washington DC!

    October 15, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Maximus

    Thought this administration was going to be based on "transparency," what a disappointment.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad5013

      You reveal a lot about your self with this post. I hope you find your pills . . .

      October 15, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    DID A TEA TRASHER TELL ME NOT TO GET NASTY!!!

    October 15, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. school marm

    P is for psycho
    H is for hypocrite
    I is for ignorant
    L is for lunatic
    I is for incorrect
    P is for pubescent

    October 15, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad5013

      S is for Stupid
      M is for Marm

      October 15, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. s kel

    WHEN I ADDRESS HATEFUL LYING TRASH I HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE!

    October 15, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad5013

      Huh?!

      October 15, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. APlanedoc

    So where is the new lever of transparency now?

    October 15, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. disco_fever

    Ok so we know this has nothing to do with national security. AND we know that Obama campaigned on the whole idea of being open and transparent. Weird.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. phillip marlowe

    Can Obama be anymore of a fraud for what he promised himself as?

    October 15, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. s kel

    IM SICK OF THE BS RIGHT WING LIES .... LIKE WHEN OBAMA STARTEDMLR WARS THAN ANY OTHER PRES, HE DID NOT START IRAQ,AFGAN OR LIBIYA MILITARY ADVISERS HAVE BEEN GOING TO SOUTH AMERICA KOSAVO, INDIA ,AFRICA ECT...... UNDER MOST PAST REPUBLICAN ADMS. YOU PHONYS SUPPORTED THE PRES AND THOSE OPERATIONS! YOU FAKE PATRIOTS.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
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