Rahm Emanuel: No, those e-mails don’t jog my memory about Solyndra

posted at 1:20 pm on November 15, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In case you missed it (and it was designed to miss), the White House on Friday released e-mails that suggested former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was approving of the $535 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra and personally pushed for the president to appear at the solar panel factory in May 2010.

That’s significant because, in October, Emanuel told Chicago radio station WLS 890AM that he didn’t remember anything about the fast-tracked loan to the failed company.

Even now, after e-mails that personally mention him in connection with the scandal have surfaced, Emanuel is still playing the amnesia card. Just yesterday, he responded to WLS Radio’s Bill Cameron in much the same fashion as he did in October:

When Bill Cameron asked Mayor Emanuel what he thought of this development or whether it jogged his memory, he ducked.

“Bill, ya know what I focus on? What I’m doing here today,” Emanuel said to Cameron who followed up with asking the mayor if this jogged his memory to which he responded by saying, “No, no.”

Mayor Emanuel appears to be sticking to the tack that he doesn’t remember anything about Solyndra.

What’s bizarre about Emanuel’s insistent “forgetfulness” is that it only adds to the impression of wrongdoing when this is the sort of involvement he could easily explain away with a simple, “I thought it was a sound investment.” Anybody who has observed the overlap between Solyndra investors and Obama campaign donors would know better — this was obviously pay-to-play — but it would certainly serve Emanuel better to own up to whatever part he played in the deal than to continue to brush off the increasingly obvious evidence.

Update: Gawker also reports Emanuel used his private Gmail account to e-mail administration officials — although the content of the e-mail(s) is unknown. If that content comes to light, it could be relevant to this or other scandals. Either way, if Emanuel used a private address to conduct government business, that’s problematic for several reasons.

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Gawker also reports Emanuel used his private Gmail account to e-mail administration officials — although the content of the e-mail(s) is unknown.

I’m sure those intrepid liberal hackers, who wanted to make sure Palin’s personal account wasn’t used for government business will be right on this.

lorien1973 on November 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Rahm: YOU LIE!!

Khun Joe on November 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Either way, if Emanuel used a private address to conduct government business, that’s problematic for several reasons.

Only under FOIA rules.

If/when this turns into a criminal investigation, you can’t hide anything behind the “personal communication” shield.

Lets get the Palin email hacker on the job here.

BobMbx on November 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Most transparently corrupt administration ever.

rbj on November 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

I am shocked,shocked I tell you,,,to see that lieing is going on.

retiredeagle on November 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Shades of Sgt. Schultz?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

lorien1973 on November 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

You type faster than I.

BobMbx on November 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM

What will he focus on when he’s sitting in Federal prison?

Ward Cleaver on November 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

“… Emanuel is still playing the amnesia card.”

Sounds like he’s unfit for office then, doesn’t it…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM

I didn’t see nothin!

forest on November 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Everything ok
He’s got a D next to his name

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 1:29 PM

“Nothing to see here; move along, people!!”

I’m having a hard time keeping track of just HOW often this is the defatco response from this criminal Administration.

Gonna need a bigger abacus…..

JustTurnRight on November 15, 2011 at 1:30 PM

lorien1973 on November 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Read the article it admits Rahm’s Gmail was hacked and that there was concerns that White House data might have been compromised. That is why Gawker asked for the FOIA request.

William Amos on November 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

What will he focus on when he’s sitting in Federal prison?

Ward Cleaver on November 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM

the pressure in his rear and keeping his hands on the wall….///

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

The old Eric Holder defense: You can’t expect me to remember a few emails out of the millions I get and send every day!

cartooner on November 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I’m sure those intrepid liberal hackers, who wanted to make sure Palin’s personal account wasn’t used for government business will be right on this.

lorien1973 on November 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Those emails travelled through an entire network of computers before they arrived at their destination, so it’s just a matter of time before they surface. You all realize there is no such thing as “private” email, right?

Bottom line on this, Zero or his cronies helped those who donated to his campaign reap huge quantities of our money.

THEY ARE CROOKS!

dogsoldier on November 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Mayor Emanuel appears to be sticking to the tack that he doesn’t remember anything about Solyndra.

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If he really can’t remember anything about this one… he needs to be tested for CRS… cause it’s either that or good ole FoS disease.
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RalphyBoy on November 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Whoops:
defatco

“De facto”

…damn keyboard….

JustTurnRight on November 15, 2011 at 1:32 PM

build a government big enough to give you plausible deniability about the sheer volume of stuff you have to divert your attention toward and you’ll never have to answer for anything.
/the democratic way.

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Rahm Emanuel trying to avert a job change… to one of turning big rocks to small rocks for 9 hours a day at Leavenworth.

In trying to play the ‘amnesia’ card he has let loose the ‘I’m a dumbass’ card, as only incompetents try the amnesia card.

ajacksonian on November 15, 2011 at 1:34 PM

“… Emanuel is still playing the amnesia card.”

Sounds like he’s unfit for office then, doesn’t it…?

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM

See, I don’t get this – these were supposed to be smartest group of super geniuses in the storied history of mankind (just ask them).

They’re were supposed to know-all, see all, hear-all and be able to solve any problem – else how else could they competently run our poor pitiful lives for us?

They supposedly know everything from what we should eat to how much or our money we can keep.

And now we find out they Conveniently can’t remember things or don’t know squat about other facts.

So maybe they can’t centrally control our national economy with their version of socialism.

Isn’t that a valid question given the facts of this and other cases?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Rahm learned by the Master…

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Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Don’t worry, Rahm. It’s not like your typical FIB has a memory that’s any better.

MNHawk on November 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Cut him some slack. The Obama administration was shoveling out so much money to cronies he may not remember a measly half a billion dollars.

gwelf on November 15, 2011 at 1:38 PM

So maybe they can’t centrally control our national economy with their version of socialism.

Isn’t that a valid question given the facts of this and other cases?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Extremely valid question…

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

What’s bizarre about Emanuel’s insistent “forgetfulness” is that it only adds to the impression of wrongdoing when this is the sort of involvement he could easily explain away with a simple, “I thought it was a sound investment.”

For a normal person, this would have been the thing to do. However, Emanuel and Obumble are bird of a feather. They do not think they ever err in judgment. They are both narcissistic egotists who can’t even imagine ever making a mistake. This explains his response. He’d rather seem criminal than wrong. After all, he has avoided any prosecutions so far. Why not continue the charade?

Jarhead68 on November 15, 2011 at 1:42 PM

“Stewart, who averted more than $51,000 in losses by selling when she did, was not charged with insider trading; instead, she and her broker were accused of lying about the transaction and altering records to support the alleged cover story.”

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM

If this administration was interested in creating jobs they’d get going on building some new Federal prisons we’re going to need when they’re finally out of office.

I’d even give Eric Holder the right to name his next residence after himself.

Of course, more likely somewhere around next June we can expect to see some chunks of foreign aid thrown at a few nice seaside countries with weak extradition policies…

JEM on November 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Don’t worry, Rahm. It’s not like your typical FIB has a memory that’s any better.

MNHawk on November 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Heh.

Mr. D on November 15, 2011 at 1:46 PM

IN the immortal words of our illustrious Secretary of State under oath a gazillion times …..”I don’t remember!”

All maggots look and act alike!

Don L on November 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

OT: If you didn’t think Cain was toast after Libya, he is after this: Herman Cain Actually Asked 88 Year Old Henry Kissinger to Be His Secretary of State gawker.com/5859745/

andy85719 on November 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

So maybe they can’t centrally control our national economy with their version of socialism.

Isn’t that a valid question given the facts of this and other cases?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Extremely valid question…

Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 1:40 PM

At a minimum, these types of screw-ups should invalidate El Presidente Downgrade’s prospects for re-election.

… Yeah like the NSM is going to make that obvious connection.
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Chip on November 15, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Either way, if Emanuel used a private address to conduct government business, that’s problematic for several reasons.

Not at all, he’ll just email Eric Holder for a pardon.

GarandFan on November 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM

For a ballet dancer, he’s doing a pretty impressive job tap-dancing right now.

DrAllecon on November 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I did NOT have recommendations with that company, Solyndra.

Lily on November 15, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Rahm Emanuel: No, those e-mails don’t jog my memory about Solyndra

I’d like to jog his memory with a swift kick in the ass.

I hate this little pr!ck.

UltimateBob on November 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Yeah… and sadly, he’s probably got a ‘blank Presidential Pardon’ sitting in a ‘safe place’ to insure it STAYS that way.

CPT. Charles on November 15, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Rahm Emanuel: No, those e-mails don’t jog my memory about Solyndra

I’d like to jog his memory with a swift kick in the ass.

I hate this little pr!ck.

UltimateBob on November 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Maybe he needs a Serious Crisis to jog his memory?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Lack of memory was the tactic that Hillary used when forced to testify under oath. Her mind turned to jello (H/T Rush). It’s a common tactic of Dems.

mydh12 on November 15, 2011 at 2:35 PM

It eludes me how people like Emanuel can lie so effortlessly.

sadatoni on November 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Alternative headline: Since Google is forever, is ‘plausible deniability’ extinct?

locomotivebreath1901 on November 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

We need to get our definitions clear, or else the most incompetent among us will continue to run the world forever.

Liberals are, pretty much by definition, never RESPONSIBLE for anything. However they are nearly always AT FAULT, and that is the only thing we should ever talk about.

logis on November 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM