A House panel investigating Solyndra voted Thursday to subpoena internal White House documents on the failed California solar company.
The 14-9 vote, entirely along party lines, adds a legal sledgehammer to what already had been a hyperactive political clash on energy policy between both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.
House Democrats and President Barack Obama's top lawyer tried to work out a deal Wednesday to avert the subpoena vote by Energy and Commerce's Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. But Republicans didn't bite, complaining that they were repeatedly ignored in their demand for all Solyndra materials dating back to the start of Obama's term.
The panel's GOP leaders said the White House wasn't even answering basic questions they had about materials related to Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday the White House had released some documents ahead of the subcommittee vote that revealed the administration was considering bailing out Solyndra just days before the company collapsed. Can we expect more of these types of revelations from the subpoena?