Obama administration refuses to provide all the information on Solyndra

There is a reason why past presidents haven't used email. It was always considered that paper and electronic documents would have to be turned over. This report from CNN leaves out this important difference in its story below:

House Republicans investigating the loan controversy had requested all internal White House documents about the issue. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee chair Rep. Cliff Stearns said that includes emails on the President's Blackberry.

On Friday the White House Counsel sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee explaining they won't comply with the request because it "implicates longstanding and significant institutional Executive Branch confidentiality interests."

The response is hardly a surprise given past administrations' refusal to comply with similar congressional requests. The difference here? President Obama is the first Chief Executive to carry a Blackberry, so it's the first time a White House counsel has - even indirectly - turned down an attempt to peek at his email. Neither the Blackberry nor his personal email is explicitly mentioned in the letter.

On October 5, Republican Chairmen Fred Upton and Cliff Stearns requested "all communications among White House staff and officials related to the $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra" because they believed "the White House was closely involved in the monitoring of the Solyndra loan guarantee after it was issued."

They said these documents are necessary "to better understand the involvement of the White house in the review of the Solyndra loan guarantee and the Administration's support of this guarantee.'

In her letter Friday, White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said, "the three federal agencies most directly involved in the Solyndra loan guarantee, the Department of Energy, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of the Treasury, are all cooperating with the Committee's investigation into the Solyndra loan guarantee.” . . . .



Blogger Chas said...

It's a case of graft, though the liberal media seems to have never heard of that word.
Obama personally funneled half a billion dollars of federal government money to his campaign contributors in exchange for the expectation of more campaign contributions. He should be impeached and removed from office.
Political corruption may be the norm in Illinois, and particularly Obama's Chicago, but he should go to prison for it, just like his pals from Chicago have.

10/15/2011 11:42 AM  

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