House Republicans extend Solyndra probe to Defense Department

Andrew Restuccia
The Hill’s E2-Wire

House Republicans are investigating whether the Defense Department considered giving Solyndra government contracts in 2010 as the solar company faced major financial problems.

Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote Thursday to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting all internal Solyndra-related documents.

It’s the latest development in the House GOP’s months-long probe of the solar panel maker, which declared bankruptcy in September about two year after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee.

In the letter, committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) say they have 2010 emails showing that Solyndra investors reached out to the Defense Department to discuss the company…

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