White House rebuffs subpoena on failed solar firm

November 4, 2011 - 4:15 PM

Associated Press (AP) — The White House is strongly rebuffing a subpoena from House Republicans seeking all communications about a failed solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar federal loan guarantee.

In a letter to two top Republicans on the House energy panel, White House Counsel Kathy Ruemmler says partisan politics is driving the request.

The White House has already turned over 85,000 pages of documents on Solyndra. The company filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1,100 workers after receiving $528 million in federal backing.

Ruemmler said those documents show no wrongdoing or political favoritism by the administration.

House Republicans have used Solyndra to highlight what they see as President Barack Obama's failure to create jobs.

On Thursday, the panel voted on party lines to issue the subpoena, calling the White House "obstructionist."