House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., say that the Obama administration will begin providing materials in response to the committee's subpoena.
The committee decided to issue the subpoena earlier this month, due to what it believed was a lack of cooperation from the Obama administration. Upton, Stearns and their colleagues are seeking emails and other documents related to the $535 million loan guarantee given to bankrupt module manufacturer Solyndra by the U.S. Department of Energy.
‘This morning, the White House Counsel's Office informed the committee that it plans to begin providing responsive materials to the committee's subpoena,’ Upton and Stearns said in a Nov. 10 statement. ‘As we have said before, we stand ready to work with the White House on its document production and believe it is entirely possible for the White House to produce information for an investigation that the White House Counsel herself has acknowledged is both legitimate and necessary.
‘We remain hopeful that the White House will demonstrate some good-faith efforts of compliance and provide the internal Solyndra-related communications we have been seeking,’ the lawmakers added.
Internal documents and emails produced as part of the investigation – some of them only delivered after being compelled by an earlier subpoena – show significant interest in and monitoring of the Solyndra loan guarantee by senior West Wing staff, according to the committee. Its members believe that in order to determine the extent of the West Wing's involvement as critical decisions were being made about whether to proceed with the loan, it is essential to consider White House staff's communications with one another.