White House counsel says GOP’s subpoena is ‘unprecedented’

Andrew Restuccia
E2-Wire
The Hill
11/4/2011

The White House blasted House Republicans Friday for subpoenaing internal documents related to the $535 million Solyndra loan guarantee, calling the move “unprecedented and unnecessary.”

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said the subpoena is an effort by Republicans to score political points in their ongoing investigation into the loan guarantee to the failed California solar panel-maker.

“I can only conclude that your decision to issue a subpoena, authorized by a party-line vote, was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation,” Ruemmler said in a letter to Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday.

Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in early September about two years after receiving a $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee. The incident has set off a firestorm in Washington, with Republicans raising questions about President Obama’s green energy agenda.

Last month, Ruemmler denied Republicans’ initial request for all internal White House Solyndra documents. But, at a meeting with Republicans and Democrats on the committee this week, Ruemmler offered to provide select Solyndra documents if lawmakers agreed to narrow their request…

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