Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations heard testimony from top Treasury officials regarding the department’s role in the Solyndra loan scandal. More hearings are planned as investigators continue to shift through documents provided (reluctantly) by the Obama administration.
The most notable piece of evidence unveiled last week was a memo authored by the DOE legal counsel defending the controversial decision to prioritize private inventors ahead of taxpayers with respect to the first $75 million recovered in Solyndra’s liquidation. But while it sheds some light on DOE’s dubious rationale in this case, the revelation appears to raise more questions than it answers. Here is a look at a few of the questions Republican investigators will hope to answer in the coming weeks and months:
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