House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton has sent a new letter to President Obama's administration claiming that the White House ‘continues to stall’ on releasing documents related the committee's investigation of bankrupt PV module manufacturer Solyndra.
Thus far, the White House has turned over 515 pages of internal Solyndra communications since the committee's subpoenas were issued on Nov. 3, 2011, according to Upton.
‘Despite the 'who's who' of West Wing names involved with Solyndra, White House lawyers continue to delay and deny even the most basic information about the White House's involvement in the loan guarantee gone wrong, underscoring the disappointing reality of President Obama's broken promises on transparency,’ Upton stated.
Upton and his colleagues have requested that the following executive branch employees be made available by Feb. 17: Kevin Carroll, Energy Branch Chief, Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Kelly Colyar, Branch Chief, OMB; Fouad Saad, Program Examiner, OMB; Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; and Aditya Kumar, Deputy Assistant to the Vice President and Senior Advisor to then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. The committee plans to pursue subpoenas for these individuals' testimony if the White House does not comply.