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White House Balks at Solyndra Subpoena

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According to a letter from top Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ruemmler had proposed in talks to narrow the request to subject-based criteria: the influence of campaign contributions on the decision whether to issue the loan guarantee and the involvement of White House officials in the decision by the Energy Department to issue and restructure the loan guarantee.

The press release with Upton's statement referenced the first subpoena issued for documents relating to Solyndra to the White House Office of Management and Budget, saying that negotiations over a request for those documents ultimately collapsed.

"After several weeks, it became apparent that the promises to negotiate in good faith were a stalling tactic, forcing the committee to issue the subpoena to OMB. In the nearly four months since that subpoena was issued, the committee still has yet to receive all of the responsive documents from OMB," Upton said.

An Upton spokesman said discussions over the internal White House documents also seem to be a stalling tactic.

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