Solyndra Report Email: ‘POTUS Involvement Was Rahm’s Idea’ (UPDATED)
From the House report on Solyndra, an email from the deputy director of special projects in then-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s office, indicating he wanted the president involved in the Solyndra project:
From: Kumar, Aditya
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 4:14 PM
To: Levine, Jacob C.
Cc: Bailey, Kevin; Zichal, Heather R.
No, it does not.
Ron told me this morning to figure out what Heather’s funding community concern was and we discussed other concerns and thought they had been dealt with. We teed this up to DoE but they couldn’t think of what it would be — obviously, we can’t address a concern if don’t what it is. Ron wants to have this move through the process and NOT be in a “holding pattern”. He has talked to Rahm about this, and feels like Rahm wants this too (barring any concerns) — POTUS involvement was Rahm’s idea. Obviously we should all be on board before moving forward (we love you guys and would want nothing less), so you should know we have NOT taken it to comms and NOT given Alyssa / Danielle their scheduling sheet back because we want to make sure we’re all good with the funding community point you’re raising, and then can move forward together :-)…