White House to face subpoenas on Solyndra
November 3rd, 2011
11:01 AM ET
3 years ago

White House to face subpoenas on Solyndra

Washington (CNN) - A House panel voted Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to solar energy company Solyndra.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations voted 14 to 9 in favor of issuing the subpoenas for internal documents regarding the decision to issue more than half a billion dollars in federal loan guarantees in 2010 to Solyndra, which later filed for bankruptcy.

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  1. kat

    They need to investigate this story, Heads need to roll. We have to get these thugs out of Washington.

    November 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Laverne

    Another distraction away from focusing on JOBS! Weapons may form against President Obama, but they won't prosper, why can't these idiots get that!

    November 3, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. rs

    Big deal. The party of the Iran-Conta deal, and Halliburton, and welfare for the rich are worried about a business deal. Right!

    November 3, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. 363 days and no more Obama

    There needs to be an investigations, prosecution and jail time for Obama and the Obama administration! Start with Obama and the 535 million wasted on Solyndra. What about the other 3 companies going bankrupt that have been given more that 2 billion in tax payer dollars. How much of this money is being bundled and sent back to the Obama campaign?

    November 3, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This entire Solyndra affair is a textbook example of how the right wing manufactures a crisis and crimes by liberals just to deflect attention away from their own guilt.

    All of the Republican members of the House panel who were in Congress in 2005 (before Democrats took the House in 2006 mind you) both sponsored and voted for the legislation that made the Solyndra grant possible. Likewise, all of the Reoublican members of this same House panel who were in Congress in 2007 *voted for* the approval of the dollar amount to give to Solyndra. That means the money was appropritated to be spent before Obama attended his first presidential primary debate.

    Today, those same ten Republicans are now conducting an investigation into why the Obama administration actually gave the money to Solyndra. Let's see what results they actually turn up. They sponsored the law to give Solyndra money. They sat on the committee that voted for the dollar figure, and eventually voted for the measure on the House floor. And now they want to charge someone for actually handing Solyndra the cash. Hypocrites.

    November 3, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Chipster

    Great, so now they'll start delivering the relevant documents. They can start with 2007 when the Bush Energy Department adjusted its regulations to make sure that Solyndra would be eligible for the loan guarantee. So those documents should keep Congress busy for a while. It's a fact that both administrations realized that the U.S. needs to invest in renewable energy. More of the guarantees have been successful than failed but the ugly politics monster must rear its head at every opportunity. Let's see what Congress does with the Bush documents that led them to change the regulations to allow Solyndra to qualify. Inquiring minds want to know.

    November 3, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. d

    Are they sending the suopenas to themselves? the comittee that approved the loans ? i beleive a lot of repulicans approved this deal...are they looking in the mirror? silly waste of money and time! how about some jobs???

    November 3, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans life hanging on “Solyndra” and “Operation Fast and Furious” they will keep these two stories alive
    Congress approval rating in single digit ,Get a life congress when 20 million people are looking for jobs they don’t care about “Solyndra” and “Operation Fast and Furious”

    November 3, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    The whitehouse should follow the former VP's lead and state that they're "too busy to respond" to those subpoenas.

    November 3, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    kat wrote:
    They need to investigate this story, Heads need to roll. We have to get these thugs out of Washington.
    ------------------–
    I can already tell you the results. The entire investigation is a waste of time, just like the Rep.Peter King hearings into muslim infiltration of our country, or whatever it was he was after.

    The legislation to allow green energy companies, like Solyndra, to recieve money was first proposed by, and passed by, House Republicans in 2005. The committee that specifically approved Solyndra's participation in the program made their decision about a dollar amount before Obama was elected. In other words, the Obama administration decision to give Solyndra $500M was a continuation of policy enacted by Congressional Republicans under the Bush administration. Fault the Obama administration for overlooking the fact that the entire grant was a scam set up by conservatives.

    November 3, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Russell Brown

    society in every state is a blessing but ,government even in
    its best state isbut a necessary evil in its worst state an intolerable
    one.,for when we suffer ,or are exposed to the same miseries by
    ,,a government 'which we might expect in a country without government.

    November 3, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. S.positive

    President Obama will win in 2012. No need to stress about it as it beyond your control. The GOP does not deserve the whitehouse or leadership in congress for that matter.

    November 3, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. MTATL67

    I support President Obama on many issues including promoting the creation of Green Energy. But the law is the law. If it was broken then those involved must face the consequences of their actions. With that being said Congressional Republicans that think that they can blow this up to deflect from their failed Obstructionist policies had better think again because it won't.

    November 3, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    They shouly also subpoena Solyndra's registered Republican CEO who magically decided to steer the ship into bankruptcy after geting the gov't to guarantee the loans.

    November 3, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. gt

    this green energy ... was a dream .. or nightmare....all the natural gas we have and this administration sticks there head in the sand....if they had made a efort to convert to natural gas we would have thousands of new jobs .. the only green we will see is tax payers money being wasted...

    November 3, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Didnt poll me or the other 95% that take OWS as a joke!"

    Louis XVI had the same sense of humor.

    November 3, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. David

    The GOP is desperate, this is a nowhere story of a failed business in an industry that should be invested in. Lets investigate Haliburton under Bush instead.

    November 3, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |