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Transparency: Obama Administration Stonewalling Congress on Solyndra Investigation

In yet another transparent move by the most transparent administration in history, the House Oversight Committee is being stonewalled by the Obama administration in it's investigation into the wasted $500 million taxpayer funded "green" Solyndra loan. Getting more information about the loan is being described at "pulling teeth."

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“I’m not satisfied with the White House’s compliance with the subpoena for documents and records related to Solyndra,” Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, told POLITICO in a statement.

“The initial deadline for producing the requested documents was Feb. 21 and they are still withholding these records,” he added. “The subpoena is now 7 months old and President [Barack] Obama, who promised the most transparent administration in history, continues to thwart the subcommittee’s constitutional responsibility to provide oversight.”

The White House didn’t comment Thursday but it has said repeatedly that it has provided a wealth of information to the House in repeated document dumps — and that Republicans have little to show for their efforts.

“After a yearlong investigation that has produced no evidence to support their claims, we wish congressional Republicans showed as much interest in jobs and the economy as they do in investigating a loan from three years ago that was made on the merits,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a typical statement in February.

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It's no surprise the White House isn't giving Congress the dirty details on Solyndra considering the Romney campaign has been using it successfully as an example of Obama's failed green agenda at the expense of taxpayers at a time when voters believe the economy will be the most important election issue.


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