Or as Tom Cohen puts it, "Solyndra received an Energy Department loan last year to build a factory in Fremont, California, that produced state-of-the-art solar panels. President Barack Obama had touted the company in a widely publicized visit after the loan guarantee came through."
And last week, while I was covering the Cain circus, Betty grabbed Solyndra. Thank you to her for that and be sure and read her posts on it if you have not already done so:
Today at the White House press briefing, ABC News' Jake Tapper raised the issue of Solyndra:
Q Jay, I was wondering if you could comment on, first of all, the White House refusal to comply with Republicans in Congress asking for all documents related to Solyndra to be turned over to them by noon today. Obviously that deadline was not met. And then also, Republicans in Congress are saying that some of the emails they have uncovered indicate that the White House has not been forthcoming about the conversations that those behind the Solyndra business have had with people at the White House. And I can cite those emails if you want, but I’m sure you’ve seen them.
MR. CARNEY: I have, thank you, Jake. I appreciate it. A couple of things. One, we have been enormously cooperative with legitimate oversight, in this area and others. In this investigation alone, we’ve turned over 85,000 pages of documents. And we will continue to cooperate with this committee investigation.
On the issue of the subpoena that you referenced, I don’t have anything to announce about any release made to the Hill yet, but I can say that, as the White House counsel made clear in her letter, this is something we view as overbroad, unnecessary.
And I think in my words, when something seems partisan it probably is, and in this case, when we hear the Speaker of the House saying that he will -- they will -- the Republicans -- be “relentless in pursuing this oversight investigation,” I think most American people wish they would be as relentless in taking measures to help the economy and create jobs as they are in trying to create a political issue out of something that is simply a policy decision, and policy decisions that were made on -- merit-based decisions out of the Department of Energy.
Q What about some of the items in the specific emails that --
MR. CARNEY: Let’s be clear: Republicans know -- what the episode in the last 24 hours shows I think reinforces the idea that this is becoming a political football and a partisan effort. They cherry-pick some documents and try to make hay out of something that, when looked at in its entirety, only reinforces what we’ve said, which is that there was no political influence in the decision-making progress -- process that led to the loan guarantee for Solyndra. In fact, the meeting that they’re referring to, as I’m sure you’re aware, took place almost a year after the loan was approved -- okay?
And Mr. Kaiser has said both I believe to committee members, both Republicans and Democrats, and in public, again, that he would not discuss the loan with members of this administration.
So, again, we have cooperated with legitimate oversight on this matter and others. We are now 85,000 pages into this process, nine committee staff briefings, four congressional hearings; the donor in question has been interviewed and the investors have released their documents. And this is what the Republicans could find. Again, at some point they have to focus I think on the things that the American people care about.
Q There’s an advisor that Kaiser quoted in one of the emails saying “The White House has offered to help in the past and we do have a contact at the White House that we are working with.” And Republicans are citing that as an example that --
MR. CARNEY: Well, again, this was a meeting that took place -- again, this was either emails from outside the administration; all of their review of emails from internally have produced none of this, of what they want to be there, and they have clearly been gravely disappointed by that. The meeting that is referenced here took place almost I think 11 months after the loan guarantee went out the door. And the donor in question here -- the investor in question here, Mr. Kaiser, has been explicitly clear about saying that he never discussed this loan with administration officials, White House officials.
And if you are wondering about the community posts, I have not forgotten them. I did forget Elaine's off on Thursdays. We will all note the posts (theme posts from last night) on Friday.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: