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Solyndra Subpoena Deadline Comes and Goes; Update: White House Agrees to Turn Over ‘Some’ Documents

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By Doug Powers  •  November 10, 2011 03:04 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Last week, the White House all but said they wouldn’t comply with a House Republican subpoena seeking all remaining documents concerning Solyndra, alleging that doing so would be an “unreasonable burden on the president’s ability to meet his constitutional duties.”

They said they wouldn’t comply with the subpoena, and that’s one thing they were very transparent about, because the deadline has just passed:

The White House on Thursday missed the deadline for responding to the Republican-approved subpoena issued last week demanding the White House turn over “all documents” pertaining to the Solyndra loan guarantee.

White House aides told Fox News there are no plans to produce more documents on the bankrupt solar panel firm until Republicans agree to narrow the scope of their request.

When Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week approved the subpoena, they requested documents “referring or relating in any way” to the loan guarantee. The White House rejected the request as “overbroad” and accused Republicans of playing “partisan politics.”

The stonewall continues, and an executive privilege claim looms.

Most transparent administration in history?

Update from CNN: White House agrees to turn over some documents. What’s the definition of “some”? We’ll find out… maybe.

Update II: The veep’s office was apparently pretty excited about Solyndra:

A series of emails provided to the House Energy and Commerce Committee from individuals tied to Solyndra offer striking characterizations about running strategy with the White House to secure assistance for the now-bankrupt solar energy firm.

Emails among George Kaiser, head of the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Ken Levit, the executive director of the Foundation; and Steve Mitchell, who manages Argonaut Private Equity and was a member of Solyndra’s board; show that Vice President Joe Biden’s office were very gung-ho.

“They about had an orgasm in Biden’s office when we mentioned Solyndra,” reads a Feb. 27, 2010, email from Levit to Mitchell. A follow-up email from Mitchell to Levit later that day responds with: “That’s awesome! Get us a (Department of Energy) loan.”

Bankruptcy-gasm!

**Written by Doug Powers

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