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House Republicans Press White House on Solyndra Documents

February 13, 2012

(Updates with comment from White House spokesman in seventh paragraph.)

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Republicans in Congress, expressing frustration that the Obama administration hasn’t provided all documents on Solyndra LLC’s $535 million U.S. loan guarantee, set Feb. 21 for officials to comply with a November subpoena.

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s investigations panel also asked that five White House officials be made available for interviews, according to a letter sent today to Kathryn Ruemmler, counsel to President Barack Obama, and Cynthia Hogan, counsel to Vice President Joe Biden.

Failure to comply with the committee’s request will “compel us to pursue all options available” to deal with “such obstructive behavior,” according to the letter.

Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, chairman of the energy committee, was one of 14 Republicans to sign the letter.

The Republicans said failure by the White House Office of Management and Budget to provide three of the five witnesses by Feb. 17 will force the subcommittee to consider subpoenas.

Republicans have questioned whether Obama campaign fundraiser George Kaiser, whose family foundation was Solyndra’s biggest investor, pressed for the guarantee. Kaiser has said he didn’t lobby for the loan backing.

“Congress has now been investigating this loan for almost a year and everything disclosed in the 187,000 pages of documents, nine committee staff briefings, five Congressional hearings, 72,000 pages from Solyndra investors, and committee interview with George Kaiser, affirms this was a merit-based decision made by the Department of Energy,” Eric Schultz, a White House spokesman, said in an e-mail.

Solyndra sought bankruptcy protection in September.

--Editors: Daniel Enoch, Steve Geimann

To contact the reporter on this story: Jim Snyder in Washington at jsnyder24@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at jmorgan97@bloomberg.net


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