September 17th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
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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. Abby

    Wow... Its George W. Bush all over again.

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Mark, Vancouver WA

    If Palin's aides do not comply, then I expect that they be treated as any other person who does not comply with a subpoena – be found in contempt of court and be punished. This investigation started out as a bi-partisan effort that Palin agreed to cooperate with, yet now she is flip-flopping? This continues to look more like Palin has something to hide – we do not need another Spiro Agnew on our hands!

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Accountant Guy

    Surprise, Surprise!! This shows just how dirty and shady she is. Now America can see that she is truly trying to hide something and that she can not be trusted. The truth is coming out!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Register to Vote

    HMMM...DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF ANYONE......LETS SEE....BUSH PERHARPS! Some who thinks they are above the law......no how, no way, no palin. OBAMA 08

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Matt

    And what happens if (God forbid) McCain and Palin are elected and the investigation eventually finds that she acted in a completely unethical manner? That's right folks, a complete and utter stagnation of our government while we try to impeach her. Just approaching that risk from a pragmatic, not a political, standpoint: is that risk what we need right now?

    September 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Before it began, she said she welcomed an investigation, now she doesn't?

    Wow, so much for honesty, integrity and family values. With ethics like hers, who needs criminals.

    Shes now hiding all of her wrong doing, and the list must be pretty big if she is fighting this hard to hide all of her corruption.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. real, educated, caring, no BS mothers for Sen. Obama

    Palin staff won't comply with subpoenas.....and are we surprised now that the mc c goons are running the state of alaska. It should be declared The other corrupt state besides Pitiful Old Warmonger and Piglin's state of wrongdoing, falsehoods, arrogance and intimidation (nothing new here), oh wait, todd piglin-the enforcer.
    Who is caring for the children if they are both showing their faces but doing nothing which matters.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Tori in Florida

    If she didn't do anything wrong, then why won't she talk to them. Seems to me like she has something to hide.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. Dee Okla.

    She must be first cousins with Karl Rove.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. sophia nyc

    Perfect fit right with the Bush-Cheney administration.

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Lisa in Phx

    So if I get issued a subpoena and I dont think I did any thing wrong, can I blow it off??????

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Vern

    Something is fishy with Palin! No surprise. She might as well come clean now. This is the first look at McCain's judgement. Lies & more lies!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Chris

    Nice...the Gov. won't participate in the investigation? What if there are further issues if she is in office in Washington. This is Cheney-like. Does Gov. Palin believe that she is above the law? This is not a good way to demonstrate future leadership if she was in the White House. Sounds like she would hide behind Executive Privilege.

    I have a bad feeling about this.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Moral Republican

    Thats it... here we go again. Are you kidding me, not going to testify?

    I used to be a proud Republican now Im ashamed....

    I'll testify..........Obama/Biden this year!

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Emily

    Isn't that handy. Since when can a campaign, even one for President, interfere with an ongoing investigation? We have a right to know the
    truth, not have it pushed aside by that jerk Mccain and his campaign.

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Elizabeth in Texas

    I AM SO SICK OF THIS WOMAN!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Palin 2012

    Thats right, we can not be stopped. Got to love the system.

    Palin 2012

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. Sarah Bell

    WASP! Women Against Sarah Palin!!

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  19. mac attack

    Put 'em all in jail. thats where us normal folk would be if we failed to answer a subpeona

    September 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Saad from NJ

    WHY NOT? Simply put, WHY NOT?

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. George Bush in a skirt!!!!!!!!!!

    OF COURSE SHE WILL NOT.
    sHE IS A LIAR, DUBIOUS WOMAN.
    DO YOU THINK GOP WILL WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS.

    September 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. Scott

    If you've got nothing to hide, why not testify??? It's only the guilty who delay.....

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Sounds like to me that they have something to hide otherwise why not?

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  24. Honest Abe

    She's a FRAUD! I thought McSame said she was fully VETTED? Running for VP doesn't grant a candidate immunity! Face the music!

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  25. b@b.com

    More Lies from McBush Camp!

    If he's lying this bad now…can you imagine him in the Whitehouse!!?

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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