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E-Mails Show Obama Was Briefed On Solyndra

From the Washington Post, of all places:

E-mails about clean-energy loans provide new details on White House involvement

By Carol D. Leonnig and Joe Stephens | Thursday, August 9, 2012

President Obama’s staff arranged for him to be personally briefed last summer on a loan program to help clean-energy companies, two months before the program was thrust into headlines by the collapse of its flagship, the solar company Solyndra, records show…

The documents, a series of e-mails among Energy Department staff members involved in managing the program, provide new details about the level of White House involvement in the controversial initiative. White House officials have said in the past that final decisions about which companies would receive the loan guarantees were made by career staff members at the Energy Department, not political appointees.

Administration officials said Wednesday that the e-mails show that the White House involvement was appropriate and that there was no pressure on agency officials

Are these the same administration officials who previously told us that Obama had no direct knowledge or involvement with the Solyndra loans?

The documents, provided to The Washington Post by Republican investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, show that White House aides asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu to deliver a June 27, 2011, presentation to the president on the status of the loan program…

We wonder why Chu never mentioned any of this when testifying before Congress on the Solyndra loans? But note that this briefing occurred at Obama’s own request.

The documents do not indicate whether the presidential briefing took place as scheduled and, if so, whether Obama offered guidance on the program’s future.

We suspect the aforementioned "administration officials" would have told the Post if they had not occurred.

On Wednesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) and other Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to Obama requesting a “full and complete” explanation of his involvement in the issue and seeking additional internal documents, including a list of all private individuals with whom the president met to discuss loan projects.

“The American people have a right to know the level of involvement you and other senior White House officials had in the loan guarantee program,” the committee members wrote. “Your interactions with business leaders at political events affected decisions to give billions of taxpayer dollars in loan guarantees to green energy companies.” …

Good luck getting that information from the ‘most transparent administration in history.’

White House spokesman Clark Stevens [said] that “internal debates about complex programs like this should be expected, and the White House playing a role in assisting interagency discussion surrounding that process is entirely appropriate.” …

They why did they deny they took place in the past?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “E-Mails Show Obama Was Briefed On Solyndra”

  1. wirenut says:

    Haw! I just wish I had a president that knew what work was \ is. Gaming for power, puts no callus to the hand. You reap what you sow. The vast majority of America will never know, how evil this suit is. Till they read it here, or it’s in your face.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Was Harry Reid in the email loop?

    ‘Cause his Solyndra sure is making money

    By undercutting American solar manufacturers

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