Executive privilege

The White House is refusing to comply with Congressional subpoenas for documents pertaining to the Solyndra scandal. The excuse they’ve concocted is that the subpoenas are too broad:

White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said in a letter to GOP leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee that the information that they’ve demanded via subpoena appears focused on a “general curiosity about internal White House communications.”

I guess this is a White House lawyer thing, because this doesn’t sound so broad:

The subpoenas seek “all documents referring or relating to any investor in Solyndra” including financial contributions from investors and “the influence of campaign contributions on the decision whether or not to grant or restructure the Solyndra loan guarantee.”

That sounds like exactly what we want to learn: how much influence Solyndra and its investors bought, and what happened as a result.

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