GOP Solyndra probe wants Obama’s BlackBerry messages

“If President Obama believes that we should borrow billions of dollars from China to subsidize American businesses trying to compete with China then he doesn’t understand this country’s economic system.”

~Rep. Cliff Stearns

Darren Samuelsohn
Politico
10/6/2011

The GOP’s demand for all White House communications on Solyndra covers President Barack Obama’s personal BlackBerry messages too, Rep. Cliff Stearns said Thursday.

The Florida Republican said he made the precedent-setting request to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler on Wednesday after newly released emails showed that warning flags about the California solar company’s shaky finances had reached into the president’s inner circle, including senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

“We asked for all communications between the president, the White House and Solyndra,” Stearns said. “So if there’s nothing on his BlackBerry, that’s fine. But if there’s something on his BlackBerry, I would assume that would include that.

“I don’t know how that technically works,” Stearns added of his unusual request. “But we’ve asked for them, so we’re hopeful we’ll get some response.”

Obama fought his lawyers early in his term to become the first president to use a BlackBerry. He’s said he uses it to keep in touch with a small circle of people — and so far, there has been no successful attempt to make any of the messages public…

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