White House Turns Over 432 Pages of Documents in Solyndra Inquiry
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. (Getty Images and Brian Yaklyvich/CNN)
March 23rd, 2012
10:07 PM ET

White House Turns Over 432 Pages of Documents in Solyndra Inquiry


WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration turned over 432 pages of e-mail communications and other documents Friday to congressional Republicans investigating the collapse of the solar energy firm Solyndra, the White House said.

The hard-copy and electronic documents include e-mail communications from the offices of the president and vice president, the White House said in a letter to Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan and Cliff Stearns of Florida.

"These documents, like the over 187,000 pages previously provided by Executive Branch agencies, demonstrate what we have said throughout the course of this investigation: decisions on the Solyndra loan guarantee were made on the merits by the Department of Energy," wrote Kathryn H. Ruemmler and Cynthia C. Hogan, counsels to the president and vice president, respectively.

"None of the documents support the committee's allegations about favoritism to campaign contributors or improper White House involvement in the decision-making process," the counsels wrote.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Upton, and its investigating subcommittee, chaired by Stearns, are investigating the failure of Solyndra, which received an Energy Department loan in 2010.

Solyndra used the loan to build a factory in Fremont, California, that produced state-of-the-art solar panels. President Barack Obama touted the company in a widely publicized visit after the loan guarantee came through. FULL POST

Topics: Energy • White House
March 23rd, 2012
10:27 AM ET

President Obama statement on Trayvon Martin case

President Obama addressed the Trayvon Martin shooting today in the Rose Garden.

“Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Topics: President Obama • Rose Garden • The Buzz
White House taps Dartmouth president to head World Bank
Jim Yong Kim, President Dartmouth College will be nominated by President Obama to head the World Bank. Photo credit: WHO/P.Virot.
March 23rd, 2012
09:29 AM ET

White House taps Dartmouth president to head World Bank

A senior administration official confirms that President Obama will nominate Dartmouth College president Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank.
from CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian

Topics: President Obama
Morning briefing
March 23rd, 2012
07:47 AM ET

Morning briefing

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

At Nuclear Summit, Obama Faces Prospect of a North Korean Deal Gone Bad (TIME)

U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence (NY Times)

Poll: Majority say build Keystone pipeline (CNN.com)

Obama’s Solyndra shuffle (Washington Post)

Obama tax plan would hit the rich (CNN Money)

Team Obama rips Rick Santorum for criticizing Malia’s school trip to Mexico (NY Daily News)

POTUS heads to Republic of Korea
March 23rd, 2012
07:21 AM ET

POTUS heads to Republic of Korea

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
10:45AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
11:45PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/ South Lawn / Open Press
12:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Seoul, Republic of Korea / Out-Of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
Briefing Schedule
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney