Obama Administration Refuses to Release E-Mails on Solyndra

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.

In the its rebuttal to Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), the White House argued that he committee is already getting enough information from other entities of the government, including the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Energy and the Treasury.   Of course the committee wants to know who knew what and when and White House e-mails may complete that trail.  Does that mean that Obama has something to hide?  After all one of his donors was heavily invested in Solyndra.

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.

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Karl Gotthardt - Politisite Managing Editor Maj. Gotthardt is a Retired Military Officer with 35 years service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He spent most of his time in the Military in Infantry Battalions. Karl took part in training for Afghanistan as an Operator Analyst with the Canadian Maneouvre Training Centre. Karl is a qualified military parachutist and military free fall parachutist. He earned his U.S. Master Jump Wings in Fort Benning, Georgia. Karl enjoys working with horses for the last 24 year. He owns six. He has experience in breeding, training and of course riding.Karl was born in Germany and is fluent in both English and German and he speaks enough French to "get in trouble". Karl has written or writes at NowPublic, All Voices, Tek Journalism and many others.

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