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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    So what?
    Take all campaign promises with a little salt, and then add pepper.
    Come into the real world.
    The White House is not a Sunday School class.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. RegMac

    Sounds like more crony capitalism, probably the reason the loans were never approved under the Bush admin. In the first place. As for the white house refusal to turn over all docs., Would you hand your Blackberry over to the enemy? An enemy so he'll bent on removing you from office they will drag the entire world economy down to achieve that goal. I'm surprised the republican's are even going after Obama, sure looks like they are getting 98% of what they want anyway.

    October 15, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cole Davis

    We, the tax payers, paid half a billion dollars for 1000 jobs for a year. A shining example of the wisdom of Obama and his advisers. All image, no brains.

    October 15, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It gets better than that. Look into SunPower.

      We, the tax payers, paid over a billion dollars for 10 – 20 jobs in the US. Rather than employ Americans, SunPower is building their new plant in Mexico. With our tax dollars guaranteeing their loans.

      Nice job, Mr. President.

      October 15, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    So much for the most open and transparent administration in history...

    October 15, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Not left vs. right. It's right vs. wrong. Then they stand back, and the apathetic say we're born out of anger and frustration. Is it any wonder why some to the right are? Another example of Green B.S.. I drive through a Chevrolet car lot (what I drive). I see a new VOLT, and I think wow! I've had mine 10 years, and really need a new one, and take another look....wow 90 mpg. $40,000. What's that...$800 a month? I'm not going to be a slave to a car....see ya!

    October 15, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Epiphany

    I'm shocked and appalled.
    Not really.

    October 15, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Richard Crainium

    You are an idiot Joey!Where did you get your education? KMart?

    October 15, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    ALL FAUX NEWS BITC* ON HERE HATING ON NON DISCLOSER FROM THE ,WHITE HOUSE WHICH THEYSHOULD BUT WAS RAMPANT UNDER BUSH , NIXON ,REGAN JOHNSON AND KENNEDY TO NAME SOME WHERE WAS ALL THIS PHONY SO CALLED OUTRAGE? YOU REPUBLICAN ONLY PATRIOTS DONT YOU REALISE MOST DECENT PEOPLE AND JUST PEOPLE CAN SEE THRU YOUR FAKE OUTRAGE! WOULD THIS SO CALLED SHOCK BE DONE ON A WHITE MALE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT? HELL NO! I DO HAVE THIS TO SAY ,BUSH AND CHENEY ALONG WITH OTHERS NEED TO SHOT HUNG WHAT EVER FOR WAR CRIMES THEY DID!

    October 15, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. s kel

    Epiphnany SHUT UP U PHONY!

    October 15, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    I am going 2 try this again 2 the fake skel who made the cnmment if it was a white preSident that we wonldnt be after him that couldnt be more wrong

    October 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    @gung ho: what still cracks me up? The closest any president since nixon has come to impeachment – an ad ult erous b!ow job.

    This, to *real people*, is worse than anything anyone else has done. It's stunning..

    He was white, point being you are right. I think part of his job is being 'gone after'.

    October 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. William Fong

    Where does the buck stop. Who made the final decision on the loan?

    October 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      And any time you invest money in a business, you go in knowing it's a gamble. Or should, anyway..

      October 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chillipepper

    Obama promised the most open full disclosure admin in history. Of course Obama has broken just about evey promise he campaigned on. Being the most open Admin for all to see was the first promise he broke so this is not a surprise. It's his policy from the start. Obama will lose in a landslide IMO

    October 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Avser Bastian

    WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw
    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec

    OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009. Facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against white population.

    Make sure to play video from beginning. Just in case http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xleq3o

    THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TO YOU BY WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEE !!!

    IS IT INDEPENDENCE THAT WE CELEBRATE OR DEPENDENCE (what are your credit card bills or alimony saying about it) !!? HOW IS YOUR DIABETES AND LOST MARRIAGES !!? FORECLOSURES AND JOB SEARCH !!? THAT IS THE QUESTION TO BE OR NOT TO BE !!! IS IT LAND OF THE FREE OR STATE OF TERROR AGAINST OWN WHITE POPULATION !!? IT IS TIME TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT COLOR ARE THE STRIPES ON OUR STAR SPANGLED BANNER !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who wants to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!! IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHOM WE ADDRESS WITH "PRESIDENT" (STOP HUMILIATING YOURSELF) !!!

    911 WAS CREATED FOR PEOPLE TO WAKE UP(deliberately by CIA)....HOWEVER, WAKE UP EITHER WHAT IS TRUTH(sanity) OR WAKE UP TO LIES(insanity = with what your self elected governments have brainwashed you when forcefully jobless/persecuted....therefor­­e, I want you to think about "WAKE UP" when watching next time ALEX JONES alike "alternative" news/media = CIA)

    WHEN YOU WAKE UP, I WANT YOU TO WAKE TO YOURSELF AND NOT TO SOMEONE ELSE'S DREAM (ZIONIST/COMMUNIST/LIBERAL DREAM CATCHERS/THIEFS, WHO PLOTTED 911 TO WAKE YOU AFTERWARDS WITH ECONOMIC OPPRESSION IN A WORLD OF LIES !!!)

    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TRUTH IS !!? WHATEVER YOU WERE BORN IS WHAT YOU ARE(truth therefore) AND FOR WHATEVER REASONS YOU HAVE CHANGED(distorted yourself) SINCE 9/11 IS WHAT YOU ARE NOT !!!

    FOR PIECE OF MIND(sanity), PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITES AND REMEMBER, GENOCIDE(health care) BASED ON FORGIVE AND FORGET IS NOT FOR ME !!! DIGNITY, PRIDE, AND HONOR ARE WORTH TO DIE AND KILL FOR !!!

    October 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Avser Bastian

    WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED AGAINST WHITES

    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    FOR ENTIRE 66 YEARS, ON DAY TO DAY BASES, ALL THEY WERE DOING IS CRIME CONTEMPLATING AGAINST US INSIDE OF THEIR BACK OFFICE CUBICLES(on job torture/bullying/mobbing and forceful unemployment to progress humanity as Obama exclaimed over and over) PER EEOC AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(Wall street protesters are Obama's army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow) !!!

    WHEN YOU PROTEST(it is much more than just than necessarily), RAISE SIGNS HIGH SO WHOLE WORLD CAN SEE DISPLAYED I CITE, "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!!"

    THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TO YOU BY WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEE !!!

    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec OR http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw OR http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xleq3o

    October 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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