Saturday, February 25, 2012
GOP TO CALL RAHM EMANUEL & KUMAR TAR-BABY TO TESTIFY ON OBAMA'S CRIMINAL D.O.E. LOANS TO SOLYNDRA!
By Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY
Updated: 2011-11-30 3:06 PM
Rep. Joe Barton, an influential GOP member of the House Energy committee, says former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel will "probably" be summoned to testify before the panel investigating the now-bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra.
Barton told Texas radio station WBAP on Tuesday that the committee is continuing its investigation of Solyndra, which received a $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee before going bankrupt on Aug. 31.
"We will have a number of hearings in the next couple of months, and I think at some point in time you will get some of the senior White House staff to testify, and probably the former chief of staff who is now mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel," Barton told the radio station.
Curiously, Rep. Fred Upton, the chairman of the Energy committee, won't commit to whether he'll call on Emanuel.
"Details for future hearings – including the range of potential witnesses – will be announced when they are available," the Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans said in a statement in response to query on whether Emanuel will be called on Solyndra.
Upton and Rep. Cliff Stearns, the Florida Republican who heads the subcommittee in charge of the Solyndra investigation, promised after Energy Secretary Stephen Chu testified before the committee earlier this month that the investigation would continue, but no new hearings have been scheduled.
Barton seemed a bit out of step with Stearns, who said that he thought President Obama should replace Chu. "I don't think you should resign," Barton told Chu during the hearing. "I do think that you are a man of integrity trying to do your job as best as you can."
Solyndra has been a political problem for President Obama, who has been held up by Republicans as an example of overreaching in his quest to promote green energy. Republicans have criticized the Obama administration for "picking winners and losers" with its Department of Energy loan guarantee program and has questioned whether Solyndra won the loan because of its political connections. A foundation controlled by Obama fundraiser, George Kaiser, was a major investor in Solyndra.
But since the Chu hearing two weeks ago — in which the Energy secretary denied having any knowledge of the company's political ties before approving the loan guarantee — Republican's have slowed a near daily drumbeat of criticism of the Solyndra deal.
The White House declined to comment on the possibility of Emanuel being called to testify.
Emanuel has told Chicago news outlets that he does not recall being involved in Solyndra loan discussions, but one e-mail — uncovered as part of the House investigation — suggests that Vice President Biden's former chief of staff, Ron Klain, and Emanuel had discussed Solyndra.
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