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Fast & Furious and Solyndra aren’t scandals, except for the scandalous parts

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Nothing to see here, people, move along. Tell your story walkin’. That’s it, take it on the heel and toe…

Oh. You’re still here? Ya got me. Okay, here are two pieces of news that the White House really doesn’t want you to know. First, from WaPo:

The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.

Solyndra, the now-shuttered California company, had been a poster child of President Obama’s initiative to invest in clean energies and received the administration’s first energy loan of $535 million. But a year ago, in October 2010, the solar panel manufacturer was quickly running out of money and had warned the Energy Department it would need emergency cash to avoid having to shut down…

Solyndra’s chief executive warned the Energy Department on Oct. 25, 2010, that he intended to announce worker layoffs Oct. 28. He said he was spurred by numerous calls from reporters and potential investors about rumors the firm was in financial trouble and was planning to lay off workers and close one of its two plants.

But in an Oct. 30, 2010, e-mail, advisers to Solyndra’s primary investor, Argonaut Equity, explain that the Energy Department had strongly urged the company to put off the layoff announcement until Nov. 3. The midterm elections were held Nov. 2, and led to Republicans taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“DOE continues to be cooperative and have indicated that they will fund the November draw on our loan (app. $40 million) but have not committed to December yet,” a Solyndra investor adviser wrote Oct. 30. “They did push very hard for us to hold our announcement of the consolidation to employees and vendors to Nov. 3rd – oddly they didn’t give a reason for that date.”

“Oddly,” LOL! Wow, just think… the midterms could’ve been even worse for the Democrats. Good thing the Obama White House is unscrupulous!

Speaking of which, our own Matthew Boyle reports:

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department sought to manipulate reporters’ coverage of Operation Fast and Furious during the days preceding a November 1 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, new emails obtained by The Daily Caller indicate.

Emails between senior Justice Department officials and investigators in the office of Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley show that congressional staffers leading the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious requested information about Operation Wide Receiver — a Bush administration program – and other similar cases, more than a full month before the DOJ leaked information to selected media outlets on October 31.

That Halloween document dump from the DOJ seemed calculated to depict Grassley’s investigation as partisan in nature.

The Most Transparent Administration Ever isn’t afraid of the truth. They just worry that you’ll draw the wrong conclusions from it. That’s why they need to keep it from you until the time is right, such as just after elections or just before Congressional testimony about stuff they don’t want to explain. It’s for your own good, you know. Aren’t you going to thank them for their selflessness and dedication to duty? Go ahead. Thank them, rube.

I said thank them.

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Jim Treacher