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The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the White House on Wednesday requesting any and all personal emails sent by President Obama related to the now bankrupt solar company Solyndra, according to CNBC.While Obama administration officials had previously been called to testify before the committee, the president himself had been largely exempt from the scrutiny. Now, however, House members want to find out exactly how involved Obama was in the decision to give taxpayer-guaranteed loans to the energy company.
A White House spokesperson told CNBC that he believes this is the first time investigators have asked to review a president’s emails.
The Solyndra probe has steadily widened over the past few months, particularly after FBI officials raided Solyndra’s offices and the homes of former executives in September. Then later that month, the Washington Post obtained leaked emails suggesting that White House officials pressured the Office of Management and Budget to rush loans to Solyndra despite concerns about the company’s financial solvency.
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