Within minutes of LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja’s unexpected resignation, House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to several of President Barack Obama’s agencies requesting documents related to the emerging scandal.
Ahuja’s resignation — and the launch of what appears to the beginnings of a congressional investigation — comes after Obama’s Federal Communications Commission suspended conditional approval of a waiver LightSquared needed to complete its high-speed broadband network. Until two weeks ago, the company’s final approval appeared imminent.
The Daily Caller first reported one week ago on emails and documents that indicate political ties and numerous meetings between LightSquared executives and Obama administration officials as the company was undergoing regulatory review. It also appears the FCC subsequently destroyed LightSquared’s competition through regulatory decisions.
Among the documents that Walden, Upton and Stearns are demanding are written and electronic communications between LightSquared and the FCC, and between different GPS companies and the FCC. They’re also demanding that the FCC provide documents related to communication its staff had with the White House and other Obama administration agencies with regard to the matters it was handling about LightSquared, and documents about anything related to the FCC’s testing of LightSquared technology and how it may interfere with GPS. (RELATED: FCC plans to nix wireless network that may jam GPS)
The top House Energy and Commerce Republicans are seeking similar information and documents from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Upton, Walden and Stearns may run into some stonewalling from Obama administration officials, though.