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A security guard blocks a shot of the bankruopt Solyndra in a public area, in Fremont, Calif., Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Smith calls for independent Solyndra loan investigation

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Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wants the Department of Justice to hire an outside lawyer to probe an Energy Department loan to bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.

Lamar Smith wants outside lawyer to probe loan guarantee to bankrupt company Solyndra

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The Texan who chairs the House Judiciary Committee says he wants an independent investigator to look into a loan guarantee the Energy Department approved for the now-bankrupt California company Solyndra LLC.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder today seeking an outside lawyer to probe Solyndra’s bankruptcy case to determine “whether politics played a role in influencing the Obama administration to favor Solyndra over more financially stable loan applicants.”