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  • Solyndra Update: Friday Document Dump Raises More Questions

    The White House’s Friday evening Solyndra document dump revealed a pair of interesting facts that should not be lost in the news cycle’s three-day-weekend lull. Neither is a smoking gun, but both will likely fuel the fire of an investigation the administration would rather see die out.

    According to internal emails released on Friday, the White House was informed that Solyndra planned on announcing layoffs mere days before the 2010 midterm elections. “No es bueno” – not good – exclaimed a White House staffer on October 27, two days after Solyndra informed the Energy Department of the layoff announcement.

    DOE “push[ed] very hard for us to hold our announcement” on the layoffs until the day after the election, a Solyndra staffer wrote on October 30. That email was released last November. The latest batch does not show that the White House exerted pressure to delay the announcement, but the timing of the emails is likely to raise more questions than it answers.

    The emails also reveal that the administration was planning the president’s visit to Solyndra’s Fremont, Calif., headquarters even before a pair of DOE panels approved the company’s loan guarantee. Neither the Credit Committee nor the Credit Review Board had met on March 6, 2009, when a DOE memo noted: “Serious consideration being given to having the president announce on March 19th during his California trip that DOE is offering a loan guarantee to Solyndra.”

    During the latter days of the George W. Bush administration, the Credit Committee voted unanimously “not to engage in further discussions with Solyndra at this time.” Less than three months later, after Bush’s successor took office, the loan guarantee was approved.

    While the March 2009 DOE memo does not clearly show wrongdoing by the administration, it does suggest that it was forging ahead with the loan guarantee even before properly assessing its merits.

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    9 Responses to Solyndra Update: Friday Document Dump Raises More Questions

    1. ONCE AGAIN….BIG GOVERNMENT (OBAMA) PICKING WINNERS & LOSERS….WHILE THE TAXPAYERS CONTINUE TO FEEL THE PAIN.

    2. Bobbie says:

      who wants their hard earned money going into the hands of people who already show irresponsibility and poor choices that got them in the bail out mode in the first place? It's unfair for the American government to steal from the people to protect the failures in someone elses control. please stop these government public/private partnerships! It's not American for the government to lead discriminatingly and favorably with the money of those they discriminate against and are unfavorable to.

    3. Woody Pfister says:

      Of course, Carol Browner, "never write down anything, ever" immediately picked up her personal cell phone and worked the Solyndra executives.

    4. Don Creech says:

      Inconvenient facts can't stop The One who swore to uphold the Constitution which he believes to be written improperly, denying The One powers shared theworld over by dictators.

    5. Karen Anderson says:

      Obama's mantra…..either conceal the information or destroy it……this should be an impeachable offense! Why would this move be necessary at all?

    6. hw clark says:

      “During the latter days of the George W. Bush administration, the Credit Committee voted unanimously “not to engage in further discussions with Solyndra at this time.” Less than three months later, after Bush’s successor took office, the loan guarantee was approved.

      DOE “push[ed] very hard for us to hold our announcement” on the layoffs until the day after the election, a Solyndra staffer wrote on October 3”.

    7. Lloyd Scallan says:

      How much more proof do we need before we recognize and admit just how dishonest and despicable Obama and his administration is. Almost every day some new revelation is exposed. Yet there are still a large portion of voters out there that still support Obama. Those are the people we should fear because they believe in Obama's agenda to destory this nation as we know it.

    8. Shawk says:

      What do you expect from this administration every day its a new BAD deal. Lets kill a few more jobs today

    9. Karen4dfw says:

      Obama's mantra seems to be if he can't cover it up or hide it, as is the case with his background history, he destroys the evidence, as in Solyndra. His preference for bad behavior seems to reach its pinnacle on Fridays. This kind of behavior would destroy any other politician…..why not him?

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