White House Orders Review Of Energy Department Loans To Avoid Solyndra Subpoena And Exercising "Executive Privilege"

Tyler Durden's picture

The Solyndra-gate scandal, which the GOP realizes has the potential to shake the Obama administration to the very top, refuses to go away. Earlier today AP reported that to a republican Subpoena demanding all documents instead of just those selectively produced, "could trigger a claim of executive privilege by the Obama administration and elevate the political stakes. The loan is being investigated by two House committees, which have released Solyndra-related documents from federal agencies including the Energy and Treasury departments and the Office of Management and Budget." The White House has refused a request by the House Energy and Commerce Committee for all internal White House communications about Solyndra. White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said the committee leaders' request has implications for "long-standing and significant institutional executive branch confidentiality interests." Naturally: it would be a big hit to the presidency's interests if it was uncovered that crony capitalist vigilante #1 himself is more than willing to distributed taxpayer capital to the highest bidder. So instead the The White House is ordering a review of loan guarantees made by the Energy Department after a California solar company that got a half-billion-dollar federal loan went bankrupt. There are more than two dozen of these to a variety of clean energy companies." And here is where the latest joke from this president jumps the shark: "[White House chief of staff] Daley said he's tapping a former Treasury official to conduct the review." A former Treasury official... of the Obama administration?

To paraphrase Erin Burnett, "Seriously?"

At least in Europe they assume the audience is somewhat sophisticated before they baffle them with endless bullshit and non-news after non-news.

Here, they skip that key assumption completely.

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lizzy36's picture

Change you can believe in!

OpenEyes's picture

Uh UH, you can't investigate me, I'm gonna investigate myself!  So there!


dwdollar's picture

Nothing new. Government is one big conflict of interest.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Yes, this should surprise no one.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

As much as I want to see the Obama administration brought to justice on this Solyndra affair, Fast and Furious/Project Gunwalker is a much, much bigger Obama crime. Solyndra is creating a distraction from the bigger problem.

"Most transparent administration EVAR", LOL!

Freddie's picture

The TV, newsmedia, hollywood et al aka The Matrix support and protect Obama at every turn.  He has looted the Treasury and engaged in endless criminal acts.  

chubbar's picture

Yeah, I mean really, what a shock it would be to find out that Obama really is the same piece of shit, double dealing, cheating, lying politician that we have always suspected this limp dick, cocksucking. dickweed to be?

dizzyfingers's picture

dwdollar: Yes, THE original, certain, never-ending swindle.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Ah, yes, change we can believe in. Upon taking office, the Obama administration changed into a third term for George W. "Chimpy" Bush. Behold, and gaze in wonderment, as the Obama administration now changes into Nixon's second term.


Piranhanoia's picture

Isn't there anyone that can trick all these guys to leave the country and get arrested for war crimes?  Isn't there anywhere you can render a war criminal to where they will just keep them so they can't be a bother any more?

Financial_Guardian_Angel's picture

Gitmo comes to mind.

Tell Congress they are being given a free trip to a jobs conference in a tropical exotic location and lock them up with the Al-qaeda there, never to see a lawyer or the light of day again.


dizzyfingers's picture

Pirahhanoia:  the World Court probably would love to hear from you. :-)

Toolshed's picture

Too funny........but sadly, too true.

Manthong's picture

Count on the Democrats to circle the wagon around their criminal associates.

I like Republicans the same way I like Herpes rather than AIDS, but at least they usually give up their crooks when caught red-handed rather than protect them.  

dizzyfingers's picture



It's government as a concept that's wrong. We're slaves, but we don't have to continue to be.

LongSoupLine's picture


Bottom line: You can take the weasel out of Chicago politics, but you can't take Chicago politics out of the weasel.

jayman21's picture

Obumer gives Chicago politics a bad name.  Come on, at least the flowers are planted and the snow gets plowed.  The DC crowd can even do this for the people.

peekcrackers's picture

whats the cost of the investion .. More Gov spending on its self.

Davalicious's picture

>Change you can believe in !

Yeah, it was a chunk of change. Ka Ching!

Problem Is's picture

Change is in your pocket...

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

Please, please, please... can someone point me to a 'market' and/or entity that isn't corrupted at present...

... my my, how quickly fascism took hold. It was planned for decades and implemented practically overnight.

Unprepared's picture

Drug cartel.

I heard they are very honest, loyal and charitable people.

john39's picture

yeah, but look at the whores they do business with...  all the guns came from good old uncle same.  have to wonder what the plan was there.

knukles's picture

The "Plan" as was stated publicly by the glovermint itsveryownself was to blame the sales of fully automatic weapons on regular evey day ordinary citizens who bought the stuff by the truckload (might as well still have been sealed in Milspec containers labeled property of US Government) at their local gun shop and resold it directly to the Mexican Drug Cartels so there would be full reason, justification to stop the sale of firearms to every day ordinary American citizens. 

Next, in case tyou were wondering but didn't have the time or even give a shit to ask about... Blackberry.
So every government under the sun is getting pissed about these here Blackberry secure information systems.  Can't read everybody's mail, right?  So Blackberry says, we'll kinda let you under the tent flap and everybody says not good enough.  So what happens?  All of a sudden, horrific major system outages all over the entire planet.  D-U-fuckin-H.   Now everybody's leaving Balckberry for "less secure" systems. 

And Happy Birthday.  10th birthday today of the Patriot Act.

blunderdog's picture

Anyone who believes their email security has anything to do with who you buy the products from is way too hopelessly naive to achieve "secure communications" in the first place.

So really...no loss on that BBerry thing. 

(Unless you're RIM.  But those guys know the score--if you want to be a successful business, you have to get in bed with the government.  Integrity or material success--pick your poison.)

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

It's the coverup!  Now the Nixon shoe is on the other foot!  Ha ha!

NOTW777's picture

LOL I'm sure it will be thorough and transparent

like a bank stress test

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Solyndra: the gift that keeps on taking.

Plead the fif!

Uncle Sam's picture

The only way justice will be served is if this lawsuit can be transferred to the German Supreme Court. Not our Squid SCROTUS.

furieus's picture

Give me a break with this.  The private sector lost more money on this deal than Obummer.

Look for a fire somewhere else momos

Gene Parmesan's picture

It must be nice to have more free space whilst swinging from his nuts now that so many others have realized their mistake and dropped off.

pods's picture

Yeah, but the private sector (is there even one anymore?) cannot legally put a gun to my head and demand money.

That's the governments job.


NotApplicable's picture

Wow, what a leap of logic! I'd love to see you try and rationalize the chain of events that starts with quid pro quo, and ends with it being okay since the private sector lost more money.

Care to take the challenge?

furieus's picture

Not much a challenge.  It was a deal that looked good the private sector, which means the government and the market both got it wrong.

Quid pro quo notwithstanding.


bob_dabolina's picture

Executive privilege = guilty jive turkey

bob_dabolina's picture

 Chief Justice Burger further stated that executive privilege would most effectively apply when the oversight of the executive would impair that branch's national security concerns.

Using tax payer funds to subsidize losses from a campaign contributer does not equal national security concerns.

bob_dabolina's picture

If Executive Privilege were to allow for Carte Blanche than Bill Clinton would have pulled that card. 

-Did you have sexual relations with that woman? 

-I'm sorry, I have executive privilege. Oh and my cum stain on the upper area of her blouse...that's executive privilege too. 

Bobbyrib's picture

Executive Privilege wasn't extended to zero accountability until W's term.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.'s picture

manchurian candidate - no experience, no past, microchip behind ear intact

Piranhanoia's picture

Mr. Issa (Pluto-GoldmanSachs) issues subpoenas for Mr. Obama (Pluto-JPMorgan Chase) 

why don't they just stop pretending?

citrine's picture

Is this our Friday afternoon joke?

Flounder's picture

All together now!

"Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in

The sunshine in

Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in

The sunshine in"

(Except don't let the sunshine in on my White House files.)

jcaz's picture

Cronyism from an Illinois politician?  What are the odds?