By Karl Gotthardt Canadian and Military Editor
As the political scandal on the Solyndra loan guarantee grows, the White House has rebuffed a Congressional Committee request to release all e-mails pertaining to Solyndra. Many readers will recall that at the start of Obama’s term, he insisted that he keep his Blackberry. Eventually his demand was granted. The Congressional Committee requested that all e-mails pertaining to Solyndra, starting with Obama’s first day in office, including those on his Blackberry.
While the White House did not invoke executive privilege, White House Counsel Kathlyn Kuemmler wrote, the request “implicates longstanding and significant institutional executive branch confidentiality interests.”
The Solyndra loan guarantee of $534 Million went ahead, despite warnings that the company would go bankrupt by September, which it did. To add insult to injury, the terms of payback were changed putting private investors ahead of the taxpayers. Solyndra CEO, Brian Harrison has since left the company.
President Obama touted of accountability and transparency when he campaigned for office. This is refusal to release e-mails is another indication that the President has no intention to be transparent. You would think that a wasted loan guarantee would be cause for accountability and transparency.