U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., have sent a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler requesting all communications between White House staff and officials regarding now-bankrupt Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee.
Upton and Stearns are seeking access to all documents dating back to President Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009. According to the two lawmakers, recently produced documents reveal that the president's closest confidantes closely monitored the Solyndra loan – and that campaign donors also weighed in on Solyndra.
‘Nearly eight months into our investigation, documents provided to the committee last Friday confirm those closest to the president – top advisors like Valerie Jarrett, Larry Summers and Ron Klain – had direct involvement in the Solyndra mess,’ Stearns said in a statement.
‘In addition to the cast of West Wing characters with access to the Oval Office, documents reveal a startlingly cozy relationship between wealthy donors and the president's confidantes, especially in matters related to Solyndra,’ he added.
The letter to Ruemmler can be viewed here.