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.