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. LiveFREEordie

    Hmmmm...Sounds like the memos maybe implicate the guy in the oval office?

    October 15, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jasie

      where's the transparency?

      October 15, 2011 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Crainium

    Philip, are you there ?

    October 15, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tim

    YAAAY! Obama's got himself a SCANDAL! TOOK him long enough! LOL!
    So who's The Fall Guy? 😉

    October 15, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Richard Crainium

    @Philip, can you here me are you there?

    October 15, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. LiveFREEordie

    All these "Green Jobs" programs look good in theory...but reality sucks!

    October 15, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. wordless

    First black president and he is already doing something unscrupulous to the point that he is unwilling to confess. i can't say he is making the road easier for his predecessors if there are ever going to be any.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
    • wordless

      i mean his descendent.

      October 15, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      I think you meant "successors."

      October 15, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • wordless

      YES SUCCESSOR! finally, i knew i am missing something.

      October 15, 2011 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  7. Omar

    Is this the open and transparent government that Barack Obama promised us? Yep, here comes that "Change You Can Believe In" again! Amazing man, this President of ours!

    October 15, 2011 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard Crainium

    Its about time, hes not fooling us. How many other things will surface now that this has came up?

    October 15, 2011 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Richard Crainium

    This sounds like time for an empeachment party!

    October 15, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • ahetch

      OK, if you hang bush and cheney.

      October 15, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Just Sayin

      How can you call for an "impeachment" party... you can't even spell it!!! lol... just sayin 😉

      October 15, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. If I had a penny for every stupid Republican

    EP, the President's ace in the hole or is it a$$?

    October 15, 2011 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. mozart

    Are you saying that the people (the American taxpayers) who are footing the bill for this colossal mess do not have the right to all the details? Wow. I guess there are people who will make excuses for this but I think it is disgusting. Not everything is going to go according to plan and we are smart enough to know that and accept it but being lied to or mis lead...I've had my fill of that.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Richard Crainium

    Our votes mean nothing, its electoriar votes that get him in office, so his homies will make sure he gets in or the repubs will put their choice in power . so really I dont think that there is much we can do.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. daverz

    Barack Obama – "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this Presidency"

    October 15, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim McDonald

    This stonewalling to hide crimminal activity should suprise no one. This is the same guy that was involved in selling his Senate seat in Chicago.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. MNSmoke

    I hope they get the taxpayer money back-2 months is very quick for the money to be gone. I bet the people that had those "jobs of the future" are feeling a little misled by their president and wish he would do all he could to reveal what he can to show where the money and their jobs went.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
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