• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Email Shows Solyndra Violated Pledge to Answer Committee's Questions

    Solyndra executives scheduled to testify before a House committee on Friday were likely expecting some tough questions. In general, Republicans will wonder whether their political ties got them favorable treatment from the Energy Department. Democrats will want to know why the company said it was financially healthy mere weeks before it collapsed.

    But the announcement by Solyndra’s chief executive and head financial officer that they will “plead the Fifth” and refuse to answer committee questions will spawn a whole new line of interrogation: what happened over the past week to get them renege on a commitment to be fully open with the committee?

    In an email to committee staff dated September 10, an attorney for the company said that CEO Brian Harrison “will appear voluntarily and answer the Committee’s questions on any day the Committee chooses, beginning next week and continuing thereafter.” The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has entered that letter into the record, suggesting that it will play a significant role in Friday’s hearing. Committee members will want to know what changed over the last week.

    As Scribe reported yesterday, Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) took them at their word; he agreed to postpone their appearance before the committee, and told the Heritage Foundation that they had agreed to cooperate. The letter from Solyndra’s counsel lends weight to that claim.

    Also submitted in the record are two letters from Solyndra to Energy and Commerce over the summer that sought to assure members of the company’s financial health. One letter from Harrison, dated July 13, proclaims that Solyndra “is an example of a U.S. company using American innovation and ingenuity to compete in the global solar market.”

    Six weeks after that letter was sent the company filed for bankruptcy.

    Posted in Featured, Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    7 Responses to Email Shows Solyndra Violated Pledge to Answer Committee's Questions

    1. James Martin says:

      Poor Solyndra! Looks like they got caught up in the sack of Rome.

    2. Cbb Cb says:

      The Solyndra scandal is just another example of corruption and fraud running rampant in our country (especially in our own government). This is just another example. There is another story In Dallas about a Texas business owner, who was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to their fees, they had a “friendly” judge seize all of his property, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him to be an involuntary servant to the lawyers. The business owner has been under this "servant" order for 10 months.
      http://www.lawinjustice.com has an explanation of this really disturbing case.. The frequency of instances like these seems to be increasing exponentially even though they get little media attention

    3. I want my money back.

    4. Bill S. says:

      Investigate, prosecute all the way to the TOP!

    5. Sandy O says:

      Looks like Obama will get a healthy campaign contribution out of the Solyndra bankruptcy.

    6. AL T. says:

      I want a $16.00 Muffin

    7. TimAZ says:

      Did anyone seriously believe that the gang of Solyndra ever had any intention of honoring their commitment to answer question without invoking the 5th amendment? Look on the bright side they have guaranteed themselves an proctological exam by a special prosecutor which will most likely result in criminal charges. Happy hunting. :-)

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×