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White House Delivers Select Additional Solyndra Documents

By Doug Powers  •  November 12, 2011 11:04 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

On Thursday, the subpoena deadline for all remaining Solyndra documents came and went, but shortly after the White House did agree to turn over “some” of the information. Yesterday the White House kept the “some” promise.

It wasn’t really a Friday document dump, but rather an end of the week folder toss and a bit of nose-thumbing:

The White House on Friday rejected House Republicans’ subpoena for all internal communications related to the $535 million Solyndra loan guarantee, instead providing 135 pages of documents that administration officials say meet the “legitimate oversight interests” of congressional investigators.

In a letter to top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said the documents “do not contain evidence of favoritism to political supporters or any wrongdoing by the White House in connection with the Solyndra loan guarantee.”

Usually the people doing the investigating are the ones who determine the “legitimate oversight interests” are, but inside the Beltway, the investigatees are sometimes allowed to deputize themselves. It’s a unique justice honor-system to which you and I will never be privy.

You’d think the most transparent administration in history would require a little less arm twisting in order to lure out the limpidity. Maybe there are simply some embarrassing “try thinking about baseball” email suggestions to calm an overly excited VP’s office that the administration doesn’t want made public.

**Written by Doug Powers

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