We expected a number of uncomfortable questions to be raised during Energy Secretary Stephen Chu's first testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today and House Republicans did not disappoint. Chu was grilled on everything from the initial approval of Solyndra's $535 million loan to emails suggesting political pressure from the White House to the restructuring of the Solyndra loan in February to whether he even knew of the existence of Obama fundraiser George Kaiser. Some of his responses were thoughtful. Others were cagey. Here's what Chu does and doesn't know about Solyndra, according to today's testimony.
Did you pressure Solyndra to delay the announcements of layoffs? This question stems from uncovered emails of a Solyndra investor saying that the Department of Energy "pushed very hard" for Solyndra to hold off on announcing layoffs until after the Nov. 2010 midterm elections. Chu said he was dismayed to see the emails but was unaware that officials were doing that. “I don’t know. I just learned about that,” he said. "I was not part of that decision, and I certainly would not have been in favor of that decision. I don't believe it's a proper way to do business."