Friday night dump: More Solyndra docs, subpoena “rebuffed”

posted at 8:30 am on November 12, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Friday is always the designated “take out the trash” day in Washington and this week was no exception. After receiving increasingly heated demands from the Energy and Commerce Committee – not to mention a subpoena – for all documents related to the failed solar panel manufacturer, the White House responded. Of course, “responded” can mean different things to different people.

The White House on Friday rejected House Republicans’ subpoena for all internal communications related to the $535 million Solyndra loan guarantee, instead providing 135 pages of documents that administration officials say meet the “legitimate oversight interests” of congressional investigators.

In a letter to top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said the documents “do not contain evidence of favoritism to political supporters or any wrongdoing by the White House in connection with the Solyndra loan guarantee.”

So apparently the people being served with subpoenas are now in the best position to be the judge of what meets the “legitimate oversight interests” of those doing the overseeing. It’s comforting to know that when they were deciding which documents to deliver and which to sit on, none of the ones they turned over showed “evidence of favoritism to political supporters or any wrongdoing.”

Well, I’m glad that’s settled and we can all get on with our lives.

Now that I think about it, this is a brilliant model. If the authorities show up trying to find out if you’ve been cheating on your taxes, simply ask them to come back in a few months. Then, when they do, hand them a bunch of partial returns and bags of receipts for donuts and tell them that there’s clearly nothing there which proves any incidents of wrongdoing. If your political campaign receives a subpoena for taking illegal campaign contributions, just show them all of the ones you received that were legal!

Stunning in its brilliance and perfect in its simplicity. My hat is off to the administration. How did I never think of this?

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Draining the swamp. 1 transparent establishment crocodile at a time.

-PBHO.

KMC1 on November 12, 2011 at 8:34 AM

This model was last used in the Nixon White House, right?

unclesmrgol on November 12, 2011 at 8:42 AM

ABC’s report includes the following from the e-mail written by Dan Carol, the adviser recommending Chu be fired.

Carol also predicted the political fallout that would result from what he saw as inevitable failures of the Energy Department’s now-embattled loan guarantee program. He made the dire predictions when advising that Obama replace Chu with someone who was not “too associated … with [the] Silicon Valley business elite.”

“Not because they aren’t talented,” Carol writes, “but because that appointment will be caught up in the wave of GOP attacks that are surely coming over Solyndra and other inside DOE deals that have gone to Obama donors and have underperformed. No reason to fuel that coming storm, and believe me it will come.”

Drained Brain on November 12, 2011 at 8:45 AM

The Republicans will give up on this or postpone it until December 2012…it will soon be getting too close to the elections and they don’t want to be called racists.

GOP has lots of bark, but never seems to bite.

albill on November 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

OT: Where’s the Nebraska-PSU Open Thread?

BuckeyeSam on November 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM

They will be rewarded for their defiance of the constitutional limitations on executive branch power. S

Such arrogance can only be matched by the more subtle, but as deadly to freedom, defiance of judicial power that one observes by the Supreme Court, when it looks not to the constitution, but to “European law, ill gotten case law, or creates law out of whole cloth in the absurdity of discovering emanations from penumbras -resulting in the deaths of 53 million innocent unborn Americans.

Don L on November 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

So where is Wikileaks when they could actually be doing something useful for a change?

inmypajamas on November 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Of course, “responded” can mean different things to different people.

‘Different things’ can be infinite.

If someone opens the envelope, reads the contents, and then grunts with disaproval as he/she places it in the stack of “I’ll-get-around-to-it-when-I feel-like-it” documents, they have responded.
As they see it, anyhow.

listens2glenn on November 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Isn’t it time for the GOP to act like the highwaymen of olden days and shout “stand and deliver” instead of a pistol – the weapon needed – a set of letters of impeachment?

Don L on November 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

This model was last used in the Nixon White House, right?

unclesmrgol on November 12, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Yup, and we all remember what happened to ol’ Tricky Dick.

Sadly, no one, in Congress or among Our Betters in the blog-universe, has the guts to call for the impeachment of President Historic First©, who has more felonies to his name than the Nixon, Johnson and Clinton presidencies combined. Bad optics, you know.

Should someone suddenly grow a pair of Dangling Courage Units and try to hold the Traitor-in-Chief accountable, I fully expect a stream of “…in fairness…” posts to show up here.

MrScribbler on November 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

It’s quite telling that Leftists and Obama Cultists are OK with this.

They must not care about government transparency, rooting out corruption, and making sound energy investment decisions. There can be no other conclusion. Actions speak louder than words.

visions on November 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Imagine if this were Bush covering up such taxpayer theft to benefit his own supporters, just imagine! Everyone in the US and half the rest of the would would know about it. These end of the week dumps are quietly ignored by the Obama loving press.

Dollayo on November 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Yup, and we all remember what happened to ol’ Tricky Dick.

Sadly, no one, in Congress or among Our Betters in the blog-universe, has the guts to call for the impeachment of President Historic First©, who has more felonies to his name than the Nixon, Johnson and Clinton presidencies combined. Bad optics, you know.

Should someone suddenly grow a pair of Dangling Courage Units and try to hold the Traitor-in-Chief accountable, I fully expect a stream of “…in fairness…” posts to show up here.

MrScribbler on November 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Too bad he isn’t a Republican, impeachment proceedings would be well under way by now.

darwin-t on November 12, 2011 at 9:17 AM

Between bo and eric we are experiencing a time of “unprecedented” lawlessness. The Constitution is to be circumvented at all opportunities.

tim c on November 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

It does appear that the little dictator is traveling the “Nixon” road. Impeachment should be high on the list of things to do.

rplat on November 12, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Imagine if this were Bush covering up such taxpayer theft to benefit his own supporters, just imagine! Everyone in the US and half the rest of the would would know about it. These end of the week dumps are quietly ignored by the Obama loving press.

Dollayo on November 12, 2011 at 9:14 AM

“What Liberal media?” – Lib

visions on November 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Does tis mean that when we rabble are hit with a supeona we can cite this administration and tell them to come back later? Just askin.
I thought we end up in jail myself.

Noelie on November 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

But, but, but..the Bush Administration once responded to a subpoena, too!

Knott Buyinit on November 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

So apparently the people being served with subpoenas are now in the best position to be the judge of what meets the “legitimate oversight interests” of those doing the overseeing

Can we extend this to taxes?

We decide how much they need, instead of the other way around?

Chip on November 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

We have a criminal regime in the White House.

rbj on November 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM

The most open regime errr administration ever!!!

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Let the sun shine Mr. President.

CW on November 12, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Can we extend this to taxes?

We decide how much they need, instead of the other way around?

Chip on November 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

What the heck is wrong with you? Have you been reading that d@mned constitution again?

Big Brother will let you know what you need. And you’ll be happy with it.

platypus on November 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Heck this refusal to comply is a scandal in itself. I am sure our liberal brethren will be out in force.

CW on November 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM

This model was last used in the Nixon White House, right?

unclesmrgol on November 12, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Yes, but Tricky Dick was a Republican, so the MSM cared about his lawlessness and reported on it extensively until he was forced from office with his tail between his legs.

That will never happen to Obama, no matter how egregious his lawlessness. He’s a Democrat, and a member of an Officially Oppressed Minority Victim tribe, so he’s untouchable.

Obama could bugger little boys and set fire to puppies on the White House lawn, and the MSM would just keep writing stories about how smart and sophisticated and gosh-darn decent he is.

AZCoyote on November 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM

“Most honest, most open, most transparent administration, evah!”

GarandFan on November 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

“Most honest, most open, most transparent administration, evah!”

GarandFan on November 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Honest, open, and transparent don’t mean what you think they mean anymore.

BobMbx on November 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM

“What Liberal media?” – Lib

visions on November 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Well, here is a very good recent example from here in New Jersey . . . hidden right in plain sight!

Trochilus on November 12, 2011 at 10:41 AM

OT: Where’s the Nebraska-PSU Open Thread?

BuckeyeSam on November 12, 2011 at 8:54 AM

There’s one in the Greenroom Sam.

Rovin on November 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM

hand them a bunch of partial returns and bags of receipts for donuts

ROFL.

I left them back home in the file.

Under “D.”

For “Donut.”

Caiwyn on November 12, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Obama has already said he intends to do everything he can to go around congress and clearly this extends to every area. This administration does whatever it wants and doesnt serm to care if its legal or not. The media doesnt hold them accountable and the republican congress doesnt seem to have any stones at all. If Obama gets in for another term he will ramp it up times 100. He will punish his enimies without restraint and reward his friends with even more billions of taxpayer dollars. The guy us a complete and total idealogue thug

ldbgcoleman on November 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Obama’s not the only one to do this. I know of a police department that never produced ANY video of things that happened in their jail. (The union staff was just incompetent, was the excuse.)

For giggles, ask one of the big banks what happened with an account or transactions. They haven’t a clue. Or at least that’s what their lawyers tell the court.

The dog ate my records, like the “pain of perjury” are just the current jokes in what the practitioners laughingly call our “legal system”.

Obama and friends have no interest in playing by any rules other than their own. It’s too bad no one on the opposite side has the guts to slap them down for it. (But that would make them different from 99% of the other “public servants”, wouldn’t it.)

CrazyGene on November 12, 2011 at 11:05 AM

The document dump also included an email from Dan Carol, a green activist, in which he called for the ouster of Secretary Chu. The suggestion was supposedly not acted upon, but why was it included?

Sounds like Chu is being set up as a fall guy, for the next round of White House ducking, dodging, and obfuscation.

That’s fine; keep dismantling the foundation, and the edifice will topple. We’ll get there.

ss396 on November 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM

White House officials said the emails received by Congress today further prove that politics never entered into the decision to loan money to Solyndra.

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So, the white House, the ØBlama administration is now claiming: “It was incompetence, we’re telling you! NEVER politics! INCOMPETENCE!”
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I can buy that as a partial explanation but I’m still not willing to exclude politics.

ExpressoBold on November 12, 2011 at 11:30 AM

How long before they quit going around congress and just dissolve it. Seems to me another Republic a couple thousand years ago went that route. All hail emperor Barak I.

chemman on November 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Pass This Buck!

Obama’s crisis motto.

profitsbeard on November 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Harry Truman: The Buck Stops Here!

Barrack Obama: The Buck Never Got Here!

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on November 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

suddenly grow a pair of Dangling Courage Units …

MrScribbler on November 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I am so stealing that.

AZfederalist on November 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM

The Republicans will give up on this or postpone it until December 2012…it will soon be getting too close to the elections and they don’t want to be called racists.

GOP has lots of bark, but never seems to bite.

albill on November 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM

you obviously don’t know Darrell Issa….he’s relentless in going after these guys…

jimver on November 12, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Now that I think about it, this is a brilliant model.

Yes, it is… for the next Republican administration. Add it to the towering pile of precedents Obama has set for everything from ‘transparency’ to the ‘unilateral presidency’ or whatever.

Paul_in_NJ on November 13, 2011 at 11:26 AM

The FBI needs to go in and seize all documents, all computer hard drives, etc…BY FORCE!

easyt65 on November 14, 2011 at 8:55 AM