Critics say e-mails contradict White House on Solyndra
House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) debates with committee ranking member Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) during a hearing about the the Obama Administration's roll in the Solyndra loan guarantee on October 14, 2011.
November 9th, 2011
03:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Critics say e-mails contradict White House on Solyndra

Washington (CNN) - Congressional Republicans investigating the collapse of solar energy firm Solyndra said Wednesday they have documents contradicting an administration claim that the case was not discussed at White House meetings involving a key investor and fundraiser for President Barack Obama.

In a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Cliff Stearns of Florida said the documents show that Solyndra investor and Obama fundraiser George Kaiser or his associates had discussions with administration officials about the company, which went bankrupt after getting more than $500 million in federal loan guarantees.

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  1. Fair is Fair

    Nothing to see here... move along... pay no attention to that man behind the curtan... please keep moving along, folks... there's nothing to see here....

    November 9, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Luke Brown

    The Republican political agenda: Give us our way or we will destroy America.

    With millions out of work, millions in poverty, millions more without health care ... this is what the Republicans think they need to be doing?

    America to Republicans: Maybe the 150 million of us are not lazy ... Maybe the 500 richest people in America you are trying to protect are just plain greedy.

    November 9, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Move on

    November 9, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. A MN

    No surprise Obama funding his campaign with taxpayer dollars, and liberals think he is a good man
    Romney 2012

    November 9, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Namejkane

    Non issue,and teapublican propaganda,you have to try and some people had jobs,what about halberten, the defence contractor, I bet you have plenty of their money in your pockets , issa tou clown.you won't be around after the next election anyway, your going down to defeatlike the rest of the teabag losers

    November 9, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Jeff in Virginia

    Why is this investigation ignoring where all of this Solyndra stuff started? Is it because this started with Bush?

    Dierdre Walsh, why are YOU ignoring that fact?

    November 9, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Critics" = Republicans. Why not just say that? Well, simple: because saying it in the headline might cause people to dismiss it and not click on the article on the basis of it just being more hyperpartisan GOP/Teatroll foaming-at-the-mouth blather.

    November 9, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    This explains why there was so much resistance from the Obama Administration against releasing the information. This is a huge slap in the face for taxpayers with reckless use of half a billion dollars to directly help the Democratic donor. Notice the time frame this all occured in. Obama had just come off that historic 2008 election and they all thought they were invinsible. This is corrupt and we need to get answers.

    November 9, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    This is pretty funny coming from Upton, who refuses to get on board with the vast majority of Americans who want more jobs bills and less of this partisan sniping over small potatoes.

    November 9, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old PIgs have lost their minds!

    "This is a huge slap in the face for taxpayers with reckless use of half a billion dollars to directly help the Democratic donor."

    Get a clue, will you; your manure has been debunked repeatedly. Solyndra exec have donated to both parties. And by the way, where was your outrage about Halliburton, who STOLE far more from the American taxpayer.

    November 9, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Jeff in Virginia
    Why is this investigation ignoring where all of this Solyndra stuff started? Is it because this started with Bush?
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Jeff, it is very good that you ask the question because the answer is so important towards understanding what happened here. Thank you.

    The Bush administration rejected a Solyndra loan guarantee because the business plan did not make sense. Too risky. Turns out that was exactly correct. Obama knew this before pushing it through himself for the Democratic donor.

    November 9, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Four and The Door: " This is corrupt and we need to get answers."

    What if the answers found are not what you want? Will you support wasting more taxpayer money under the guise of finding the truth, when in fact all you want is blood? Will you resort to the time-honored GOP practice of changing the outcome to suit what you want, rather than the truth?

    November 9, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Looks like they're only letting the Obama haters post again. So much for the lie of the "librul" media.

    November 9, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. Four and The Door

    Luke Brown
    The Republican political agenda: Give us our way or we will destroy America.
    With millions out of work, millions in poverty, millions more without health care ... this is what the Republicans think they need to be doing?
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________
    Luke, you forgot $14,500,000,000,000.00 of American debt. This is exactly what the Republicans need to be doing. Finally someone looking out for the American taxpayer and the future of our country!

    November 9, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    The article states that Solyndra was guaranteed $500 million in loans. How much did they actually receive prior to going bankrupt?

    November 9, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair is Fair, nice allusion to the Wizard of Oz: I'm assuming you are referring to Upton and Stearns? You must be, because they are presenting the illusion of a corruption inquiry and integrity, when I doubt they would have lifted a finger while Jack Abramhoff was running amuck in the halls of Congress a few years ago.

    November 9, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    It's the classic elephant in the strawberry patch situation:

    Did you know that elephants hide in strawberry patches?
    Nowai dude...srsly?
    Yeah srsly...I mean...have you ever seen an elephant in a strawberry patch?
    Ummmmm...no....
    They hide pretty good don't they?

    "We didn't find the smoking gun we're looking for and that we've already decided simply MUST be there...so it must be that the WH is hiding it." Needless to say, the GOPers/Teatrolls are somewhat duller than Occam's Razor.

    November 9, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    The Real Tom Paine
    What if the answers found are not what you want? Will you support wasting more taxpayer money under the guise of finding the truth, when in fact all you want is blood?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    The answers will speak for themselve once this is opened up. And yes it is well worth pursuing. It stinks to see our hard earned money thrown away like this and corrupt politicains need to know taxpayers are paying attention!

    November 9, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Luke, you forgot $14,500,000,000,000.00 of American debt. This is exactly what the Republicans need to be doing. Finally someone looking out for the American taxpayer and the future of our country!"

    Seriously, Four? Republicans looking out for the American taxpayer and the future of our country? Since when?

    November 9, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Jeff in Virginia

    Four and The Door- you are lying when you said that the Bush admin rejected it. They did everything they could to push it through, and were themselves rejected in January of 2009 by the Department of Energy. The loan application was modified, and was then approved after Obama took office.

    Muddy that water some more, maybe you'll fool somebody.

    November 9, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. A MN

    Liberals jump to the conclusion that Herman lCain is guilty until proven innocent, and as soon as Obama is shown to have wasted taxpayer money its not an issue to them. Wow

    November 9, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Jeff in Virginia

    Lets also ignore that Solyndra applied for their loan guarantee in December of 2006, under a program that was specifically created by George W. Bush's Energy Policy Act of 2005.

    Nope, these facts have no bearing on this.

    November 9, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    @ Fair and Four

    You do realize that the WH produced 20,000 pages of docs to Congress without even having to be subpoenad, right? The GOP just didn't find any smoking guns, so they sent out an overly broad one to give them somewhat of a toe hold for changing this from "look at the smoking gun we found" into "they're not cooperating so they must be hiding something."

    November 9, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |