Andrew Stiles reports:
E-mails obtained by the House committee investigating the $535 million Solyndra loan scandal reveal that George Kaiser, the Oklahoma billionaire who was heavily invested in Solyndra through his Family Foundation, and a major Obama fundraiser in 2008, had discussions about the solar panel company with White House officials, directly contradicting earlier statements from both the White House and Kaiser himself.
This comes less than a week after the White House rejected a subpoena issued by the committee seeking internal White House documents relation to Solyndra dismissing the request as “overbroad” and was not grounded in any evidence of wrongdoing. In a letter to White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, top Republicans on the committee — Reps. Fred Upton (R., Mich.) and Cliff Stearns (R., Fla.) — present the newly uncovered e-mails as further justification for their request.
“The White House has repeatedly stated that no political influence was brought to bear with regard to Solyndra, and that Mr. George Kaiser, a Solyndra investor and Obama fundraiser, never discussed Solyndra during any of his seventeen visits to the White House,” they write. “Documents recently obtained by the Committee directly contradict those statements.”
This is the most damning e-mail (click to enlarge):
Stiles notes that Steve Mitchell is the managing director of Argonaut Private Equity, which is the investment arm of the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Ken Levit is the executive director of the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Here is Mitchell’s answer to Kaiser’s e-mail:
Naturally, stonewalling and lying about a $500 million plus loan which appears to have been fraudulently obtained does not constitute “evidence of wrongdoing” to this White House.
- Solyndra Emails Show Discussions Between Kaiser and WH (commentarymagazine.com)
- New e-mails reveal: White House did meet with top donor on Solyndra (hotair.com)
- Emails Prove White House Lied, Billionaire Obama Donor, Kaiser, Discussed Solyndra Deal With WH (politicons.net)
- Solyndra-Obama tied (blogs.dailymail.com)