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. AJ

    As the saying goes, if she has nothing to hide, why is Gov. Palin running away from the probe?? I smell rotten fish.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Jerry Ohio

    Palin is a lier why she do not want to talk with the authority she is awful
    that why I am voting for demoncratic party...McCain and Palin is out for the thereself not for American people

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. wmcauth07

    WAKE UP AMERICA! DO YOU HEAR SANITY CALLING, or are you flushed too far down the toilet to be rescued?

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Kentucky

    They are hiding somthing, that for sure!!!

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

    What exactly is she hiding that she has to get her appointee to block the investigation. This goes deeper than firing a Trooper...

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Gina

    Honestly....I could really care less if Palin used her power to fire her ex brother-in-law. Come on people....is this the most important issue about our candidates you're concerned with? At a time when Wall Street is bobbling, jobs are being cut, hurricane Ike, gas prices, and other non-stop economic woes, does it make a difference that someone fired an ex/in-law??
    I wish so much this kind of issue from both candidates would be beyond a full report from CNN.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Alaska Sucks

    Can these people go to jail? I hope so.

    September 17, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Regret the Palin Pick

    She is a gift that keeps on giving. Thanks Baracuda!!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Billy

    So much for reform and transparency in government

    LIARS!

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Ghost

    Nothing to hide my rear.

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Jean, NC

    She doesn't seem to represent Alaska very well, how can she represent the country.

    September 17, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Susan

    What happened to her promise of transparency. John McCain and Karl Rove locked it in a closet. Their are masters at pulling the puppet string on Plain, and Rove puls the string on McCain. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING FROM THE ALASKAN PEOPLE AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE??????

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. THE TRUTH

    SHE WANT TESTIFY BECAUSE SHE IS "GUILTY". THE GUILTY ALWAYS RUN. LOL THE STAFF WANT TESTIFY BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO THROW HER UNDER THE BUS. GUESS WHO'S DRIVING THAT BUS. LOL

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Que Quedas

    LETS REFUSE TO TESTIFY.......BUT I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE.......LET SUPPORT ABSTINENCE AND NO SEX ED AT SCHOOL...........BUT MY 17 YRS OLD DAUGHTER IS PREGNANT
    LETS TELL EVERYONE I KNOW I AM READY WITH NO SECOND GUESSING MYSELF.........WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE BUSH DOCTRINE.........CLEARLY mCcAIN DID NOT DO HIS HOMEWORK FOR A VP THAT COPULD ACTUALLY HELP HIM AFTER THE ELECTION( SURE THE BASE IS STRENGTHENED HE MAY GET A FEW MORE VOTES.........BUT AMERICA WILL SUFFER BECAUSE OLD GUY POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER WILL COLLAPSE AND DIE AND WE WILL BE LEFT WITH ABOVE THE LAW SARA.......

    September 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. mitchell

    lessons from karlrove

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. sharon

    cover-up .... clear and simple...ignore supoenas? Where have we heard that before? Husband Todd is not an elected official. Can he ignore supoena ? Colberg writes "on behalf of our clients" I believe his clients are the citizens of Alaska....not Palin et el.

    canada

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    In a letter dated July 24, Welby Shay told Palin he had "grave concern" about the "naive, unprofessional" counsel she'd received in the Monigan case. He declined to speak on camera but told CNN, "If they would have done what I said, I think it would have been over."

    Well, well, well. Looks like Palin fits right into the current Washington clan.

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. Trooper-Gate Leapers

    Ready or not, here I come, you can't hide...I'm going to find you and make you testify.

    LOL

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    BUSH PART 2!

    Seriously folks...........how often can you as a citizen watch this take place??

    Notice........they get charged, and won't cooperate??

    I thought that was against the law???

    September 17, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. leah b j

    THIS IS WRONG!! We, as American citizens and VOTERS, deserve a full and thorough investigation BEFORE the election. This is just not right that a whole group of legal thugs from the McCain campaign can walk into Alaska and disrupt an entire investigation that has been going on for MONTHS, way before she was a candidate. Come on!!! This is SO WRONG, anyone who votes for McCain Palin and who is so blind – is STUPID, plain and simple. I will not vote with these questions unanswered about Palin. We, as Americans, deserve BETTER!

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. mitchell

    everyone toss your subpoena's out the window, in protest.

    September 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. David

    Why?
    Does this sound familiar? Dick Cheny has been acting exactly the same way for the past seven years. Refusing to cooperate with government agencies and now our beloved governor acting from the same play book. Can we afford another 4 years of McDick and PolBush ?

    September 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. Bama for Obama

    David,

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

    Answer:
    Because she is a republican and they will stop short of nothing to cover-up lies.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  24. Obstruction of Justice

    Why are they not in jail?

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  25. Bill Charlotte,NC

    Someone would need to write her answers for her anyway; and they would be mostly lies.

    September 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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