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. Lynn:60 yr old Obama supporter

    Quote of the Day:

    Barack Obama: "..he tells us he's the one who's gonna take on the old boy's network...In the McCain campaign that's called a staff meeting".

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. Ken in Dallas

    "However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor."

    Please don't ask them to comply with the law when the governor herself refuses to do so.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Rob

    As a lifelong COP. The one thing I know is that the only people who refuse to testify. Are those who have something to hide.

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Jonathan

    Two thoughts: 1) Stonewall 2) Cover-Up

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

    Here's some more meaningful news...

    NOW – The National Organization For Women have endorsed Obama/ Biden. Why isn't this top news on numerous media outlets – including CNN? I heard about this on NPR – National Public Radio. I encourage everyone to tune in to them and PBS for the best, most balanced and complete coverage of the presidential race…and for all news. It's still NEWS with them versus infotainment with the others. And in this time of crisis Americans need the best information and journalism to help people make the best decisions about our future.

    WHITE MALE HOCKEY DAD Obama/ Biden '08

    September 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Lisa

    This is so like the Bush administration..

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Wisdom

    Clearly GUILTY and then some; she needs to resign from the VP nominee NOW!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08/12

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. J.D.

    Are you kidding? Palin's people are saying the state employees being subpoened are caught between their oath to the state constitution and their loyalties as part of the administration and he wants to "relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie." Are you insane? If there is any conflict between a government's loyalties to the constitution and their loyalties to their "boss", which one do you think trumps?? The constitution, you wackos.

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. MD in ND

    Abuse of Power and avoiding subpoenas..hmmm, where have I heard that before?

    September 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. GOP can't win on the issues

    Wow, sounds like if we elect McCain-Palin we can count on more secretive behavior and no accountability in the executive branch. That doesn't seem like they will be doing much reforming of Washington.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. r sisk, nevada

    Why would she say she would cooperate and then change her mind?

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. Amy

    I just love the way she wanted to be held accountable when it seemed it would be politically advantageous, but now that more voters are paying attention to her governing style she's flip flopping. I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt since it didn't sound like Trooper Wooten was very respectable, but this really makes me suspicious of what else she's going to try to hide. Is this a sign of what is to come if she and McCain are elected? More secrecy? I think the American public can do without that.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. Joe in StL

    Alaskan Republican politics are truly corrupt.

    Palin is one of them, only worse.

    Corrupt, petty, lying, incompetent.

    But likable. Or something.

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. RR in AZ

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely!

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. We love Sarah

    And this is the transparency we are looking for???

    America, do we really more of this again????

    September 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Honest Abe

    There seems to be an awful lot of excuses out there for her. I hear a different excuse every hour. Oh thats right... i'm being sexist right now.

    If you talk about a woman running for office – 'youre a sexist'
    If you talk about a black man running for office – 'you're a racist'

    I hear a lot of the sexist comments but for some reason nobody is allowed to say the racist comment about the republicans. Sounds a little fishy to me.

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. real, educated, caring, no BS mothers for Sen. Obama

    why is it taking soooo long for the piglins to show their tax returns, probably being doctored.....

    town hall questions being taken by piglin......written by the mcc advisors and read by plants.....did you expect anything different than the fiasco at Saddleback Church?

    and they keep on lying....well...evangelicals after all......

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Wow....and people are actually considering voting for this person???? It's official, America IS as dumb as the rest of the world makes us out to be. God this seriously makes me so sad.

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Tammy

    They were investigting this matter before she was announced as the VP choice. She said she would cooperate with the investigation and was open to the process. What happened all of a sudden? Sounds like the same old stuff. She obviously has something to hide. Open your eyes America! She thinks she is above the law just like the rest of the Bush adminstration. What wasJohn McCain thinking? Apparently he wasn't.

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Kim

    The poor Dear's are scared to death of the Wrath of Sarah Barracuda.
    She has in the past engaged in large scale firing of State Employees for suspected disloyalties.

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Shelly

    She has lied and lied and lied!!!!
    Here is the dirty laundry list : Bridge to Nowhere, excessive earmarks,Alaska's secession, against free rape kits, religious views, denying protection tom Polar bears and firing her staff if they do not agree with her. I am sure there are more to add to the list.
    She is NOT to be trusted and she is obviously hiding something about this investigation!
    She had new a tanning bed installed in her Governor's mansion.....Did she pay this out of her Per Diem allowance????

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Gia in Los Angeles, CA

    If Palin is so confident that she didn't do anything wrong and had complete justification of her actions, why wouldn't she and her employees/colleagues cooperate??? If there isn't anything to hide, then why hide it? One or more things are definitely being hidden here. With so many people refusing to cooperate, there may be a lot more under the surface that we have no idea about. The tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

    September 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. Foreign Observer

    What? they go ON THE RECORD saying their loyalty to Palin trumps their respect for the constitution? and this isn't frontline news?

    Okay, I thought nothing would shock me anymore... but... I'm shocked.

    September 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. We love Sarah

    Yet,

    didn't the governor just said Monegan resigned??!!

    September 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Jeff in Houston

    No one...absolutely no one is above having to testify. Unless you a Bush lackey, but they set fire to the constitution a long time ago.

    September 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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