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Republicans Subpoena White House On Solyndra

November 4, 2011 by  

Republicans Subpoena White House On Solyndra

Despite an evasive White House and strong Democratic opposition, Republicans on a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel issued subpoenas Thursday for internal White House communications related to a half-billion dollar taxpayer loan guarantee for the failed solar company Solyndra.

According to The Washington Post, the move came after White House officials attempted to avoid subpoenas by voluntarily offering several boxes of emails and other documents related to Solyndra earlier this week.

Many Republicans, skeptical that President Barack Obama may have issued loans to the company to benefit political supporters, say the subpoena is necessary because the long-running investigation has yielded little information as to why the company was provided the loans despite poor performance.

Democrats complained that the broad language of the subpoena might allow Republicans access to the contents of messages from the President’s personal BlackBerry, according to the article.

Department of Energy officials denied any political motive, saying the loan was approved on its merits and that it made sense at the time it was made.

“We’d like to see as much passion in House Republicans for creating jobs as we see in this investigation. The White House has been clear with the committee that we are willing to cooperate with legitimate oversight requests that are tailored to balance the important institutional interests of both branches. We are disappointed that the committee has refused to discuss their requests with us in good faith, and has instead chosen a partisan route, proceeding with subpoenas that are unprecedented and unwarranted,” said a White House spokesman.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Fighting Democrat

    Let’s do the same to Kellogg Brown & Root for the no-bid contracts for Iraq’s oil.

  • JIM

    WHY NOT INVESTIGATE DICK CHENEY AND HALIBURTON? AND WHILE WE ARE AT IT LETS TRY TO FIND ALL THE MISSING MONEY THAT HALIBURTON SUPPOSELY LOST.

    • meteorlady

      They already did….

  • karel Eekels

    Hello there and good morning Fighting Democrat, I know that you libs take issue with former VP DIck Cheney who was CEO of Haliburton from 1995 through the year 2000. Now you target Brown & Root.
    Be careful in your allegations and accusations. Remember the Vietnam era where LBJ became president after the assassination of JFK? To remind you that Lady Bird, LBJ’s wife was the major shareholder of Brown & Root and wonder why so many contracts were awarded to Brown & Root with no questions asked!

    • meteorlady

      Most believe that LBJ was the cause of JFK’s assignation because of the stance Kennedy had about getting rid of the Federal Reserve. LBJ was by far the MOST corrupt president we have had for as long as most can remember. He was hated in Texas for his dirty politics and he was a foul mouthed idiot, as well as vindictive. JFK hated him but was forced by the powers that be to take him as Vice President.

  • Todd

    All of these “no bid” contracts being thrown around have to be looked at. Blackwater, Halliburton, Boeing, etc. etc. Also the no bid, no questions asked deal that Bush gave to the drug companies has to end. That cost far, far more than this Solyndra deal. As a matter of fact it is one of the reasons we are so far in debt. Bush Jr himself was given many no bid contracts, small business loans (if you call $10′s of millions of dollars small) for companies he bankrupted while hauling in huge exectutive compensation packages before he was elected Gov of Texas. The whole system needs to be scrapped and rebuilt without the wink and handshake of the politicians giving them out for campaign $ and promises of big buck consulting jobs after they leave office.

    • Joe H.

      Todd,
      This is part of the reason that our military budget is so high. There is what is known as a “most favored vendor” list. If your company is not on it, you can’t even bid on most contracts. Open the bidding process to ALL contractors and suppliers and you will see costs drop DRASTICALLY!! TRUE COMPETITION!!!

  • Ted Crawford

    It’s mind boggeling how these sad Progressives, constantly want to revisit the past! They might want to be careful with that, however! Upon doing so we find that most of the past Democrat Presidents would today be Republicans!
    Lyndon Johnson- “You [should] not examine legislation in light of the benifits it would convey if properly administered, but in the lifht of the wrongs it would do and the harm it would cause if improperly administered”
    John Kennedy-’A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced Federal Budget… As the National income grows, the Federal Government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering our taxes, by increasing our incomes, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance”

    • eddie47d

      How condescending Ted. “Sad progressives” bringing up the past. Then you do the same in bring up Kennedy and Johnson. Does that make you a sad Conservative? Now all business deals whether they succeed or go bad should be investigated and whether under Democrats or Republicans.That is practical accountability for any company or government agency. I don’t look at Solyndra as a bad deal but a good decision that went bad because of the Chinese flooding the market.Several companies in the USA have tanked because of the Chinese market so that seems to be where the focus should be. How do we correct that problem. A Congress that is more alert to what China is up to? More tariffs against China to level the playing field? China has become good at this game and we have failed to out maneuver them.

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        eddie… I rarely agree with you, but I believe you are right. All bad business deals need to be held accountable, regardless of who is behind them. If accountability was the standard instead of the exception, it would certainly help clean up some of the mess in Washington.

        • s c

          Robin, re-read the article and e’s ‘words.’ He barely mentioned Solyndra. This topic is about Solyndra and a certain character in the W H.
          e wants us to think he cares about everyone and everything. He’s a utopian, Robin, and that should tell you almost everything you need to know about people like e.
          Good luck in getting him to stick to a topic. He’s a topic bait-and-switcher. His programming won’t let him do anything else. He’ll make sense when Uncle is forced to be accountable (i. e., when hades has a reputation for prime ski resorts).

          • Joe H.

            s c,
            eddie says solyndra was a good deal gone bad. OK let’s accept that and go after all the players that made this deal go bad. Like obummer for pushing foreward on a deal that even the liberal BUSH turned away from!! Like the executives that over spent and padded theit nests from the 735 million dollars given to them. Like ALL the government officials that DARED back this “good” deal gone rotten and having a STENCH of corruption!!

          • eddie47d

            I didn’t change the topic Ted did and I was responding to him dufus SC. Oh yes and I was still on topic so take your ploys to someone who gives a crap Ms slander monger.

          • eddie47d

            The only stench is the smell coming from Joe and SC. No corruption has surfaced from the Solyndra bankruptcy.Your too busy proclaiming guilty before the rope has even been bought. Typical justice from a Republican.

          • Joe H.

            eddie,
            there has been no corruption come to the surface YET!!! That is only due to the fact of how deep it is!!!

      • ChristyK

        Solyndra was a bad deal. The previous administration had turned down the deal because Solyndra was in bad shape. There were internal memos prodicting that Solyndra would fail in the same month that it did fail. China flooding the market was not a new unexpected problem. It has been going on for years. The government should never be in the business of subsidizing businesses, it never works out.

        As long as we are spending above our income and borrowing money (from China) it will be difficult to impossible to put up large tarriffs. The borrower is slave to the lender. If they tell us to stop tariffs, we must or they stop lending and our government shuts down.

      • meteorlady

        If it was such a bad deal or good deal then why did Bush refuse to do it? His administration stated it was just too risky and left it alone. As for solar – it’s the most expensive form of power and there are no adequate transmission lines to implement it.

        • eddie47d

          Solar is great and can be very efficient for homes and businesses. Like any power source it shouldn’t be built far away from where it is needed. Miles of transmission lines only dilute the effectiveness even electricity from coal plants.

  • Todd

    And by the way, all of those small business loans W got were never paid back. I believe the total was about $600 million dollars.

    • meteorlady

      Yes well…. GM still owes us taxpayers a ton of money yet they just invested in at muti-million dollar plant for engine manufacturing in Mexico. Seems the unions are salivating over third world countries now.

      It never works out when the government gives out loans to private corporations and businesses. They need to stop and let them fail or stand on their own merits. But wait…. if they did that most politicians would loose mega bucks in campaign contributions and insider tips.

  • JUKEBOX

    Obama will comply with all of those subpeonas right after he fires Eric Holder, and endorses Herman Cain for President.

    • ChristyK

      I believe that Holder will never be fired because Holder knows what Obama knows. If Holder is fired, he will talk. Obama will never let that happen.

      • Joe H.

        ChristyK,
        Ever heard of a little thing called Whitewater???

  • meteorlady

    This company was so bad that even George Bush wouldn’t approve any money for them. As for solar power as an investment – what were they thinking. In my state we buy power on the open market. We get to see what percentage of each resource the power is created from. Guess what? Solar is the MOST expensive – even more so than nuclear.

    • Ted Crawford

      Might have something to do with the fact that for solar to function it requires the use of Rare Earth Minerals,There are no known methods to recycle these and no substituts for them and the fact that China controls 95% of the planets known sources for them!

      • meteorlady

        It has to do with that and the fact that there are not adequate transmission lines in place for solar. We have all forms here, solar, wind, nuclear, natural gas and geothermal. Geothermal is very expensive to implement in that you have to do some heavy construction when building your house, but for the most part you are off the grid more than on. Why don’t they invest is stuff like that and invest in transmission lines for wind? We are the Saudi Arabia of wind from Texas up through the mid west.

  • Raggs

    Well the one in the picture above really makes me sick and I wish that I would never see his stupid face again.
    On the same side of that is the sorry disgusting support that in my opinion are nothing but complete suckers.
    I don’t know how everyone else feels but to me America has never until now been in bed with such a worthless sucker.

    • Jim Monroe

      I guess you slept through the W years when Bush-Cheney drove the economy off a cliff. Especially since W wasn’t man enough to stand up to Nancy-pants and veto the Democrats’ budget the last two years.

      • Joe H.

        Jim Monroe,
        So the fact that Bush didn’t veto the budget,lets the progressive sludge that controlled congress off the hook???

  • AJ

    Where the H_LL are the subpoenas for “Fast and Furious”? Where are the balls of the GOP on that one?

    • s c

      AJ, you might ask “e” about that. If you do, be sure to ask him about Obummer and his ‘compassionate concern’ for REAL jobs (where the frick are they?).
      Ask The Boner about the GOP’s balls and where they hide them. I’m guessing that his main problem is in having to deal with an AG who belongs BEHIND BARS and a prez who isn’t fit to be in the W H.
      FYI, if our media whores had any integrity (they don’t), they’d ask Airhead Biden about HIS role in Fast and Furious.

      • ed

        Holder LIED , Agents DIED!!!

  • JUKEBOX

    If you want to see how legitimate this Alfred E. Neuman look alike is, just refer to the current Limbaugh letter’s article about his GREEN JOBS program, which exposes another fraud, in addition to the other mounting lies.

  • Rman

    I guess the fact that the CEO of Solyndfraud was a money-bundler for Obummer had nothing to do with the loan procurement?

    • s c

      Rman, we’re supposed to overlook that minor detail. You see, The Anointed One can’t be bothered with such trivial matters. He has a country to destroy – er, “save.”
      According to utopian logic, ‘elites’ are above such things, and the mere suggestion that The Anointed One (aka Opraiseme) might do things a mortal would do will NOT be tolerated (it’s not pc). It’s the PRINCIPLE, Rman.
      Of course, that begs the question of whether or not The Anointed One really gives a damn about acting like a president – as opposed to a self-deluded, utopian, progressive, self-loving, poser prez.

      • Jay

        s c, one important detail you and the rest on this thread fail to consider is the fact that China leads the world in the manufacturing of cheap solar panels. Predictably, this would place Solyndra, or any other north-American solar panel manufacturer at a disadvantage, wouldn’t you agree? Further, Solyndra, i would propose, is not the only victim of free-trade, which, btw, was hammered through by previous administrations!

        • s c

          Can I assume that you know what you can do with your patronizing attitude? First, Solyndra was ITS OWN VICTIM. It was an Obummer vehicle for the W H-engineered, illegal and immoral ‘redistribution of wealth.’
          Second, you have NO basic understanding of free trade. Third, by extrapolation, if you are not a GREENY, you should be. Fourth, stick it.
          Know what you’re talking about before you come to this website to rant and use false approaches to praise The Anointed One. He is part and parcel of the Solyndra deception.
          MANY people would JUMP at the chance to get and STEAL $500 million in the name of “JOBS.” And THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED, comrade.

          • Jay

            Oh my goodness s c, did i hit a nerve? You know, the one that starts twitching when someone, heaven forbid, should disagree with you!

            You say: MANY people would JUMP at the chance to get and STEAL $500 million in the name of “JOBS.”

            Many people? But not you, right? I wonder, and would you agree, that a thief always suspects everyone else as a thief? Just a thought.

            Was it all a scam? You seem think so, in fact, you speak as an insider, privy to all the necessary information with which to render a verdict. It must be really empowering to have that kind of omniscience. Whatever happened to, innocent until proven guilty? I do believe that at present, Solydra is under investigation, is it not? So why not; hold your horses, re-holster your guns, and shut the hell up? Of course, there’s no need on your behalf to provide us lower mortals with facts to back up your conclusions, wherever you may find them, as that would just confuse us, right? After all, you seem to have it all figured out; Bush was an angel, and Obama is the Anti-Christ, and polly- wana-a-cracker, i get it!

            As far as understanding “free-trade”, i may not be an expert on the subject, but i do know this; since its inception, we have lost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs, and, no doubt, wait, let me guess, its Obama’s fault, Right?

            Am i a GREENY? Well, that would depend on your idiotic definition of what a greeny is, wouldn’t it? But i would suspect anyone who doesn’t agree with your views, is a greeny. You may not be, as you say, a greeny, but you sure sound like someone with a DICTATOR complex! And please, don’t refer to me as comrade, i’m not your fu****g comrade! Oky do kie Josephine Stalin?

  • ed

    Agents Died—Holder Lied

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