Skip to comments.White House Fires Back at 'Overbroad' Subpoena on Solyndra Documents (Obama's scared)
Posted on 11/04/2011 1:39:14 PM PDT by tobyhill
The White House on Friday all but refused to turn over the documents House Republicans have subpoenaed on bankrupt solar firm Solyndra, firing off a letter saying the request would put an "unreasonable burden on the president's ability to meet his constitutional duties."
The feisty response appears to set up a clash between congressional investigators and the White House over the sprawling probe into Solyndra's finances and the administration's involvement in the decision to provide the struggling company a $528 million loan with taxpayer money.
White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, in her letter, scolded GOP lawmakers for demanding more documents, noting the Obama administration has already turned over 85,000 pages of documents in the course of their investigation. Without explicitly refusing to comply with the subpoena, Ruemmler repeatedly described the order as "overbroad."
"The Committee's extremely broad request for documents -- now a subpoena -- is a significant intrusion on Executive Branch interests," she wrote, saying she can only conclude the subpoena was "driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation."
Though the White House has turned over thousands of documents, Republicans say the administration has not provided everything they've requested. The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted Thursday to subpoena, and the subpoenas went out late Thursday to the White House and office of the vice president.
"Unfortunately, we had to take this step after the White House has continued to slow walk the production of documents necessary for this investigation by only releasing selected documents and records," Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of the House panel investigating the matter, said in a statement.
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How long does it take to read 85,000 pages? 85,000 pages is about 2,800 reams of paper. That’s enough paper to fill my house.
85000 sheets is 170 reams or 17 cases of paper - still a lot but not enough to fill a house.
Congress is totally spineless.
Personally don’t find any humor in the subject. I guess you would rather I said the “TEA Party needs to take the offense”, ‘cause who else?
They haven’t been elected yet.
Obama's bad enough, you want a banana republic?
Obama isn’t the only one who needs to be investigated, companies like CH2M HILL and R&S made lots of money off this deal.
they need to be looked into.
“...the request would put an “unreasonable burden on the president’s ability to meet his constitutional duties.”
There is absolutely nothing in the constitution that states anything about tee time.
Yes, they did. and the klintoon avoided, and nobody EVER released 'The BARRETT REPORT!!!
Ask your congresscritter for a copy of it - non-redacted. lotsa luck ................... FRegards
Yeah, Thanks for the correction, however, when you tag in the twenty or or more copies required, we are looking at a bill of more than 20K of worthless spending just to ‘explain’ why 0pansy wasted our money. Crap like this is what is hurting our country.