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    House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    Showing a growing frustration with the the Obama administration, congressional Republicans on Thursday authorized their second subpoena this week, demanding White House documents related to failed solar technology company Solyndra.By a 14-9 party-line vote the Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigative subcommittee authorized issuing a subpoena for any White House documents related to Solyndra, which received renewable energy loan guarantees under President Obama’s stimulus program. The request for documents could include details of the president’s own travel and communications.Democrats said it was “unprecedented” to subpoena documents from the president’s executive office like this, but Republicans said they’ve run out of patience with White House “stalling.”
    House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents - Washington Times

    This little scandal is just getting started. Wait till the WH claims executive privilege and kicks off a court battle.

    So much for "most transparent administration in history.
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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    Is it really unprecedented to ask for this kind of information? I'm a little young for Watergate (and hell, even Monicagate, really), but weren't some pretty heavy investigations into WH communications, e-mails, and conversations performed during those situations??
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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

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    House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents - Washington Times

    This little scandal is just getting started. Wait till the WH claims executive privilege and kicks off a court battle.

    So much for "most transparent administration in history.
    Whatever. Bush was subpoenaed for a bunch of info Congress never got as well, right? I wouldn't expect Obama to be any more forth coming. There is no transparency in government from any side.
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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    Ok, I hope the white house turns over the documents. Not really sure what they're searching for though. This seems to be the biggest non-scandal scandal that I can think of. Hell the process of giving these loans to solyndra started on the Bush administration through a loan guarantee program created in 2005 under a republican congress and a republican president. As of yet I haven't seen any evidence that Obama or his administration benefited in any way from this mess. Seems more like Republicans in the house just would be very happy to waste time on a non-issue rather than actually work towards anything productive.
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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    I bet the house's aproval ratings go up, up, up.

    I bet we find out theres more than just Solyndra.

    And as for "unpresidented" subpoenas.. Just who the F does the president work for again? WE THE PEOPLE. Cough it up buddy.
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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    Crony capitalism at Team BO....I am shocked I tell you, shocked!

    BO will claim executive priviledge and the good stuff will never surface. His administration is as transparent as a lead bar.
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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    I am by no stretch of the imagination a fan of President Obama, but this one strikes as a poor move to me. I think this one was really just an honest screw up. Further, I don't think it's an unusually bad one. He was campaigning on companies like this and chose a bad one to put in the forefront. It's likely that nothing new will be discovered and it will be dubbed a witch hunt. The administration is ready for this move.

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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    Quote Originally Posted by Keridan View Post
    I am by no stretch of the imagination a fan of President Obama, but this one strikes as a poor move to me. I think this one was really just an honest screw up. Further, I don't think it's an unusually bad one. He was campaigning on companies like this and chose a bad one to put in the forefront. It's likely that nothing new will be discovered and it will be dubbed a witch hunt. The administration is ready for this move.
    And was the other bankrupt company just a screw-up as well?

    An energy company that received a $43 million loan guarantee through the same federal program that backed Solyndra has followed the path of the failed solar firm and filed for bankruptcy. Beacon Power Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The company, which develops energy storage systems based on what are known as "flywheels," had received the federal guarantee for a 20-megawatt energy storage plant in Stephentown, N.Y., back in August 2010. The loan was expected to cover the lion's share of the $69 million project, one of several that Beacon was developing across the country. (snip)

    Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., who sits on the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee probing the program, said the news about Beacon Power is troubling. "We're very, very concerned about this and many other loans that have been made by the Department of Energy over the last several years," he told Fox News on Monday. Griffith said plenty of companies in the U.S. would make "good prospects" for federal help, but the committee investigation is trying to find out whether the government was "just trying to get the money out the door." Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, called the revelation of the bankruptcy another example of "the reckless abuse of taxpayers' dollars in the pursuit of green jobs." He also suggested that crony capitalism had a hand in the decision to give Beacon a loan.

    Read more: Another Energy Company Goes Bankrupt, $39 Million Borrowed From Taxpayers | Fox News
    And that the second infusion of cash to this company included a deal to subordinate the loan guarantee to company investors?

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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    [QUOTE=MaggieD;1059928330]And was the other bankrupt company just a screw-up as well?

    Two parts to my answer. One is that this subject is Solyndra (while that may indirectly include the other one, my comment was based on the OP). Secondly, I do think that was a screw up too. I'm always willing to be proven wrong, but I think these choices came from ignorance, not malice. And I'm still not convinced that the President's team really broke the law. I guess that's why there's hearings. I just feel like the timing is bad and it might backfire on the republicans.

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    Re: House subpoenas White House for Solyndra documents

    Only three ways this can go:

    1. The push for getting the loan approved came from within the Energy Department who kept both the Treasury and the Obama White House at bay concerning they're real dealings with Solyndra; OR,

    2. The Energy Dept liaison (Mr. Smith I believe was his name) had some shaddy dealings and he and his wife, the attorney who worked for the law firm who handled the Solyndra legal affairs, undermined activities concerning the loan; OR,

    3. The White House really did know what was going on and will use either the liaison, his wife or her legal firm as scapegoats in this scandal.

    My guess is when all the smoke is clear, it will be either option 1 or 2 based on the fact that the Obama Administration (Mrs. Miller from Treasury) did inquire about loan receipts, as well as seek legal interpretation from Energy concerning who had repayment priority of the loan.

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