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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soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. Puzzled

    Well, if it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck must be a duck.

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. John

    This woman is guilty as hell! This woman can't answer questions, refuses to cooporate with the law, is being investigated for several things, wanted to ban books and made rape victims pay for their own rape kits! OMG are you people born stupid or did it take awhile? Anyone, Republican, Dem or Independant would be stupid let let this woman get within 1 heartbeat of the whitehouse! Blame McCain for this, he sold his soul just to try and pander white wal – mart moms who think they identify with her....but sadly they really dont! Most women are pro choice and are not for book banning...

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. McSameMcCain on myspace

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Didn't Nixon claim he had nothing to hide in Watergate…right before he was forced to resign? Everything I hear about Palin puts her right into the Nixon role. Lie, coverup, etc.

    Watergate – Troopergate….birds of a feather.

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Sarah.....and my last name isn't Palin!

    Scotter Libby justice??

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. I said Thanks, but No Thanks to another 4 years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    What do you think . . . Does Palin remind you more of Cheney or Bush?

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. Erika

    Sounds like the Bush administration! Doesn't loyalty to the constitution go before loyalty to your boss? This is definitely more of the same...

    September 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Doug

    Shades of Cheney...

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. Remy, Titusville, Florida

    This is hard to believe. The Attorney General of Alaska states that there is a conflict between state employees' oaths of office and their loyalty to Mrs. Palin – Duh?
    In other words: If they follow their oaths of office, they have to put Mrs. Palin in, or, if they follow their loyalty to her, they have to lie under oath? Please, judge, don't put them through this...
    Which banana republic law school did this Attorney General attend?

    This is equivalent to the admission that there has been some wrongdoing.

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Sarah Palin and Larry Craig the Poster Child of Republicans

    Just more lies from Gidget does Fargo. She and McCrypt are such liars why is this even news anymore?

    First she will then she won't just another republican guilty liar.

    Just like Craig who we now know must have been tapping out Broadway show tunes in that bathroom stall!

    September 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Bill, MA.

    When is enough, enough? Are we as as a nation going to stand by, and let more republican corruption go unchecked? We still have millions of people who think we need no change. Lawlessness cannot continue. We are held to a high standard of political correctness, yet this abuse of power goes on. Let's focus on real corruption, and worry less about trivial political correctness BS. We need to change this system where politicians think they are above the law.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. David

    If Sarah Palin is innocent – why is it that she cannot let the LAW takes its course.

    September 17, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Todd

    An the Bush/Rove legacy continues! Ignore supoenas, rule of law, delay, delay, delay. Caribou barbie said she had nothing to hide, partisanship or not if there is no evidence against her why is she stonewalling?

    More of the McSame!


    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Sally from Cali

    Too many lies. Not enough time.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  14. mitchell

    we appreciate your openness in this matter, however,we cannot hire you at this time,ms. palin. alittle more truth on your application will help with your next attempt at a better job.

    September 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Linda of Atlanta

    What's new? The current Republican Administration has no respect for a subpoena. (Look at Karl Rove!) They routinely ignore them and the rule of law behind them. It seems Sarah Palin will certainly carry on that tradition of the Bush Administration

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Matt

    meh.. there was reason to believe that sarah palin is a terrorist.. hacking her emails is completely within the law if presented that way.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Lynn, FL

    The Democrat leading the investigation has all but said he expects criminal charges to be filed against her and is an Obama supporter. How convenient. If you were being accused in such a manner, you would probably refuse to subject yourself to a clearly partisan led process too. Get an unbiased panel to review the charges, not someone who clearly thinks she is guilty until proven innocent, instead of the other way around.

    September 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Linda Schatzer

    Unfortunately too many americans are of groupie mentality...they know nothing of government and most likely know nothing of her real background and what a phoney she is. But when these people see the downfall of America if they get in...and believe me it will happen..guess they will have buyer remorse then.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. What A Drama Queen

    Wow, shades of Karl Rove. What do we call this latest drama, the Alaskan Connection. John McCain sure can pick em–NOT.

    Obama/Biden 08
    Where candidates are focussing on real issues, not Trooper-Gate.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. No to Palin

    What is she hiding?

    Partisan or bi-partisan, as long as she refuses (after originally saying BRING IT ON!) makes voters wonder just what is the truth!

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Barry in CT

    Wow. When us normal people refuse to cooperate in investigations and ignore subpoena's we get arrested. Nice to to know Palin and bunch are so much better than us.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Republicans Hate America

    This country just lost close to a trillion dollars in wealth in 48 hours and this is what the republicans are outraged over? You people that want to continue to vote 4 more years of this nonsense should be the first to pick up the tab!

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. Michael from MA

    Maybe those who comment negatively about Sarah Palin should know what happened. I am sure if you were in her shoes and a big fat brother in-law of a State Trooper tasered your 10 year old nephew, then you too would want this guy fired.

    This big fat brother in-law state trooper already said on nation wide TV that she did not request him to be fired. This guy had abused Sarah Palin's sister, made death threats to Sarah Palin's father, killed a Moose illegally, drank alcohol in his patrol car and tasered Sarah Palin's 10 year old nephew.

    I am sure if you were in her shoes you would be the first one to have him fired from the force.

    If that is not the case, then you have mental health issues.

    September 17, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. judy, Wisconsin

    The McCain people are furiously trying to shove this under the rug. Business as usual for the Repugs. You can almost hear the shredder and delete key.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Sam

    Sarah Palin will soon be exposed for who she really is. There is no secret that time does not expose.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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