Emanuel says he'll testify if called before Congress on Solyndra

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said that if asked, he will appear before a Congressional panel investigating the now-bankrupt solar power firm Solyndra.

“Listen, if I’m called I’ll testify,” Emanuel said during an unrelated news conference. 

Earlier this week, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, predicted Emanuel will  “probably have to come in,” according to published news reports.

Committee members are expected to call in senior White House staffers. The White House likely will make the final call on who appears before the panel.

Emanuel was President Barack Obama’s chief of staff in 2009 when the administration gave Solyndra a $535 million Energy Department loan guarantee. The company went bankrupt almost three months ago.

When asked in September what his role was in that decision Emanuel said he couldn’t remember. Asked again by reporters on Thursday, Emanuel said, “I spend my time thinking about job creation, I spend my time thinking about how to make our streets safe, I don’t spend my time thinking about what happened maybe two years ago.”

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