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  • **FILE** Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison invokes his Fifth Amendment right as he appears before the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 23, 2011. The panel is examining Solyndra's government loan. (Associated Press)

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  • LENDER: Jonathan Silver, head of the Energy Department program that approved the $535 million deal for Solyndra in 2009, faced some of the toughest questioning Wednesday by a House investigations subcommittee. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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  • FBI agents stand guard outside the headquarters of Solyndra, a solar firm in Fremont, Calif., on Sept. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

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