Steven Spinner, a former Energy Department official, was supposed to be recused from the decision to select Solyndra to participate in the agency's $25-billion program to back loans for renewable energy projects becaause his wife's law firm represented the company.
Emails released late Friday by the White House indicated that while he did not weigh in on granting Solyndra its loan guarantee, he may have done more than simply monitor the progress of government aid to the Fremont, Calif., company, which fired 1,100 employees and closed its doors at the end of August and filed for bankruptcy protection a week later, leaving taxpayers as a major creditor.
Energy Department officials were warned that their plan to help a failing solar company by restructuring its $535 million federal loan could violate the law and should be cleared with the Justice Department, according to newly obtained e-mails from within the Obama administration.
The e-mails show that Energy Department officials moved ahead anyway with a new deal that would repay company investors before taxpayers if the company defaulted. The e-mails, which were reviewed by The Washington Post, show for the first time concerns within the administration about the legality of the Energy Department’s extraordinary efforts to help Solyndra, the California solar company that went bankrupt Aug. 31.
That's why I noted it tonight. This is a serious story. I'm not going to be covering it. But Ruth has and she's done a great job. Not only has she done a great job, she's done a great job while getting some nasty e-mails from Cult of St. Barack-ers who insist it's not a scandal and nothing illegal happened. Really? How about you let the FBI investigation complete before saying there's nothing there? How about we follow the money and find out what's going on there?
Ruth's been following and doing a great job. I wanted to note that, probably because I'm inspired by Trina's wonderful post last night "Dems try to take over." And also because Ruth does a great job that deserves to be applauded.