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Solyndra Subpoenaes

Recorded on November 11, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

The White House is resisting subpoenaes from Congress to get to the bottom of how taxpayers lost $535-million that was loaned to a green energy company, Solyndra.

Emails show that an Oklahoma billionaire—who was a big donor to President Obama's campaign—discussed Solyndra not only with the Energy Department, but also with the White House. The White House claims it didn't happen, but still does not want to comply with subpoenaes to look at the records.

This could be a showdown between Congress' right to know, and the President's claim of executive privilege. Back during the Watergate scandals, the Supreme Court ruled that there is no absolute right to executive privilege, and when Congress has a legitimate need for information, the President must comply. In the case of Solyndra, there are 535 million reasons why the information should be disclosed.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.