House Republican links Daley’s departure to Solyndra probe

Stearns, who is heading up a months-long Republican investigation into the Solyndra loan guarantee, said Daley “has lead the Administration’s obstruction” of the probe.

Republicans on Stearns’ panel subpoenaed the White House in November for all documents related to the Solyndra loan guarantee. Daley was named in the subpoena, along with Vice President Biden’s Chief of Staff Bruce Reed.

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The White House ultimately rejected the full scope of the GOP subpoena, arguing the request was overly broad and burdensome. The White House instead delivered about 135 pages of documents that administration officials say meet the “legitimate oversight interests” of congressional investigators.

“Daley holds the keys to the gate at the White House and is failing to comply with the subpoena for the White House’s documents and records related to Solyndra,” Stearns said in the statement Tuesday.

Stearns called on Daley’s replacement, Office of Management and Budget chief Jack Lew, to fully comply with the subpoena, threatening congressional action to obtain additional documents.

“I expect that the next chief of staff will comply with the subpoena or Congress will take the next step to force the White House to meet the requirements of the U.S. Constitution,” Stearns said.

The Obama administration has provided Republicans on the committee with more than 180,000 pages of documents related to the Solyndra loan guarantee.

None of the documents provide evidence that the administration approved the loan guarantee for political reasons, as Republicans have alleged. But Stearns and others have vowed to continue their investigation.

Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September about two years after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration.

President Obama announced Monday that Daley is stepping down.

"Bill told me that he wanted to spend more time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and he felt it was the right decision," Obama said. Daley will serve as co-chairman of Obama's reelection campaign.

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