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Despite Stearns's Loss, GOP's Solyndra Song Will Go On Despite Stearns's Loss, GOP's Solyndra Song Will Go On

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Despite Stearns's Loss, GOP's Solyndra Song Will Go On

The GOP will continue to press Democrats for information on federal loans given to now-bankrupt solar energy company f Solyndra . (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

August 16, 2012
Despite the surprising primary loss of Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., who led the investigation into Solyndra by House Republicans, the GOP is determined to keep the drumbeat going.

In a letter sent on Tuesday to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded Chu respond to the discovery of emails showing Energy Department staff used personal accounts in official correspondence about Solyndra.

The company, once the poster child of Obama's clean-energy agenda, went bankrupt after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee.

Issa, along with Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy, ask Chu to clarify his testimony, which they allege was "apparently false." The letter states:

Recently-obtained documents show DOE officials frequently used Yahoo! and Gmail to communicate about the loan guarantee program. This use of non-government e-mail accounts for official business may have violated the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Federal Records Act (FRA).  The documents also show that testimony given to the Committee by current and former DOE officials, including you, was inaccurate, and may have been intentionally false.




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