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Emails: White House, Biden’s office ‘orgasmic’ over Solyndra deal
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“The WH has offered to help in the past and we do have a contact within the WH that we are working with. I think the company is hoping that we have some unnatural relationship that can open bigger doors - I’ve cautioned them that no one really has those relationships anymore.”
In a subsequent email two days later, Mr. Kaiser wrote that the “same political calculus” holds for the Department of Defense.
It’s unclear what defense issue Mr. Kaiser was referring to in his email, but a House Republican lawmaker recently questioned the Pentagon about a $400,000 Navy contract that Solyndra stood to receive not long before its collapse.
In an earlier email, Mr. Kaiser told Mr. Mitchell that he questioned the assumption that the “WH is the path to pursue,” saying he doubted whether “Rouse/Browner would intervene,” referring to White House counselor Pete Rouse and former energy aide Carol Browner.
Later, Mr. Kaiser told Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Levit in a separate email to “pursue your contacts in the WH to follow up on the casual comment during the plant visit and we can possibly reinforce the effort so long as it is in the form of ‘I thought you should know, in case it comes up’ rather than ‘can you help with this.’”
Mr. Obama toured Solyndra’s plant in California last year in a widely publicized event. During his visit, Mr. Obama remarked, “The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra.”
The White House has declined to produce documents on Solyndra in response to the congressional subpoena. In a letter last week to the committee, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said the subpoena has been driven more by partisan politics than a “legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation.”
‘I never lobbied Solyndra’
“So it appears that things are headed in the right direction and Chu’s apparently staying involved in Solyndra’s application and continues to talk up the company as a success story,” the email states.
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is expected to testify to Congress about the Solyndra loan later this month. Mr. Silver resigned in September after his congressional testimony.
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Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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