September 17th, 2008
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Palin staff won't testify in trooper probe, AG says

Gov. Palin greeted supporters in Ohio Tuesday.

Gov. Palin greeted supporters in Ohio Tuesday.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin won't comply with subpoenas issued by state lawmakers investigating the firing of Alaska's former public safety commissioner, since Palin "has declined to participate" in the probe, her attorney general says.

"As state employees, our clients have taken an oath to uphold the Alaska Constitution, and for that reason, they respect the legislature's desire to carry out an investigation in support of its law-making powers," Attorney General Talis Colberg, a Palin appointee, told the investigation's manager in a letter released Wednesday. "However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor."

Palin once pledged to cooperate with the state Legislature's investigation into the July firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. After his dismissal, Monegan accused Palin of trying to pressure him into firing her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper who had been involved in an
acrimonious divorce from the governor's sister.

Palin has denied any wrongdoing, and her advisers said this week that Monegan was fired for insubordination after he continued to press for funding for projects the governor opposed.

Her allies argue the investigation has become a "partisan circus" since she became Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's running mate, and they argue that any investigation should be handled by the state Personnel Board.

"Moreover, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the legitimacy of the investigation," Colberg wrote. "On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie."

It was unclear whether the letter covered Palin's husband, Todd, who was among those subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Colberg's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The letter was sent to Sen. Hollis French, the Democratic chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved the subpoenas last week. Palin's allies have blasted French over comments he made to ABC News in early September, warning that the investigation into Monegan's firing could yield an "October surprise" for the GOP ticket in the form of criminal charges.

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  1. Cam

    Does anyone else find it odd that these employees have the choice between honoring a subpoena or maintaining their loyalty to if the rest of Americans would get away with that kind of BS.

    This should tell Americans all they need to know about their "reform"

    Oh wait, Palin and her cronies think it is more "fair" to have a personnel board that she appoints and holds the ability to fire be the ones who decide her fate. Given the nature of the accusation, doesn't it make sense that no one she has direct control over should be responsible for the investigation?

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. AJ from Houston, Texas

    Sure sounds like the EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE Rove claimed he had with Bush. Already copying the President.

    Not a good look.

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Rodger

    The American public knows what they see and hear. By the time the election comes, her approval rating will be below 20%. Then they can prosecute her for her actions...

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Karmadave

    How can McCain claim to be for 'reform' and select a VP candidate who is under investigation for ethics violations?

    The American people have been putting up with this type of behavior for the past 7 1/2 years. It's time to elect leaders who don't just talk the talk, but walk the walk!

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Sarah Bell

    What is Sarah Palin hiding???? The American people deserve to know. And we demand an explanation as to why John McCain selected someone under investigation for corruption?? How is he getting away with this? Would Obama get away with picking Eliot Spitzer as his running mate??? Oh yea, I forgot about the whole "white privilege" thing. I smell BS.

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  6. Yasriel

    This just stinks. I wonder why anuone will continue to support this lady and her ticket.
    Haven't we had enough of this already? Haven't Karl Rove and co refused to testify before our own congress? Haven't we seen this horror show over and over.
    Enough is Enough. Say no to the Ol' Boys Network, John McCain's Staff Meeting.

    September 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Black Truth AZ

    Surprise surprise!!!! No one wants to talk... Hmmmm sounds like Bush all over again!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. georgia independent

    Why are we NOT surprised? I wonder how long before it's released that Monegan was fired because he made women in Wasilla pay for their own rape kits? Or was he seeking federal funding to make sure that women in Alaska were protected from the funding priorities of Sarah Palin?

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. I Invented the McMuffin... and fire

    “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” GWB, September 17, 2002.

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Beth

    This is unreal. Could any of us get away with this?? I don't think so. If Palin has nothing to hide and her staff did nothing wrong, then why is there a problem? Why have they refused to cooperate? Makes you wonder, doesn't it? this what we want for 4 more years? Are these the kind of people we want running our country?

    It makes me sick to my stomach to think of where this country is heading if McCain/Palin make it into the White House.

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  11. Mike from Calgary

    Palin wants to save the taxpayer money. SO she took $200 Million for "Bridge to Nowhere" kept the money and DELIVERED NOTHING.

    She undertook to have her people co-operate with the Alaska State Legislature's Investigation into her influence peddling, and RENEGES ON HER UNDERTAKING AFTER JOHN McCAIN PICKS HER FOR NO. 2

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. hurriCAIN PALIN

    heard the statetrooper tasered his 10yr old son, was abusive,

    threatened people. would anybody – republican or democrat – want to

    put up with that kind of dangerous behavior.

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    What happened to their add that stated transparency? Reforming Washington, hah! IF she is innocent why won't she cooperate like she said she would to Charles Gibson? Spin that you rethuglicans. Pathological liars is what she is and mccain too. They are treasting americans like they are dumb.

    September 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Shasta

    Oh yes, she has nothing to hide.

    September 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. inuk of the north

    Because Sarah hasn't been involved on the national stage for eons, and because she's obviously some one who could steal the election, it's critical that the Dems get some mud on her as fast as possible.

    Unfortunately their strategy is so scattershot they're going to end up crapping in their own pants during this find-some-dirt process.

    The Obama camp has made sooooooo many mistakes in the campaign that they're not likely to quit soon.

    Sarah (Lipstick) has added some incredible momentum to the Rep campaign, unlike Biden (Dipstick).

    And where did Michelle Obama go? Is she in the witness protection program or what?

    September 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Adrienne

    How GW and Rove of her. We have seen this movie before. Same as it ever was on the neocon side. Cover-up and lie.

    September 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Mrs. Daniel

    And this is an example of how the JM/SP administration will be ran, feeling above the law and not having to answer to anyone not even the American people. How do you just simply ignore a court order.

    September 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Government officials refusing to comply with subpoenas and refusing to cooperate with an official investigation.......gosh, where have heard this before?

    September 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. jenn

    What's she trying to hide?

    September 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. JusLaugh

    Isn't this the same thing that Bush staffers have been pulling for the last few years?

    This candidate scares me! Heck, anyone of authority who thinks they can cross the line and wiggle their way out of it without suffering any concequences should not even be considered for such an honor as representing this country as VP!

    Goes to show you how nutso our society has become.

    September 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Jams

    A bi-partisan 14 member committe voted unanimously to follow this investigation, and Palin agreed as well. Now the Bush/McCain/Rove political machine are trying to pervert this claiming it is some kind of partisain action.Typical "deceive and deny" to avoid the truth.
    We have had enough of the sleezy politics.
    Let's see some real honor and integrity from the McCain/Bush people, not just a shallow bumper sticker slogan.

    September 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Chris

    How could a defendant decline to participate in an investigation?

    Oh, I forgot. This is Cheney with lipstick....

    September 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Toots

    Our country is facing a lot of issues and people are really hurting with the war, bad economy, high food/gas prices and etc. The last thing America needs in the White House is a candidate that has baggage and lots of personal problems. We need to focus on fixing America and not fixing Sarah's problems. We don't need more problems in the White House. We already have enough! Please don't add a person to the White House that will to busy fixing her personal issues and NOT America's problem. Please NO DRAMA, VOTE OBAMA!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  24. Tom Banks

    I don't trust her.

    September 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. La Raza

    Isn't this what Bush/Cheney did? They called Executive privelege? This is a red flag folks, she is already scandalous. Whoopee!!! she answered her 1st. question today!!! Give that woman a mooseburger.

    September 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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