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. Running Away From Their Party

    Chris Mathews had a very good show today. He said throughout the entire Republican Convention, the Republicans never once mentioned the word REPUBLICAN, or GEORGE W. BUSH. That's astounding, don't you think. He says he's never seen anything like it, and he's right. They were in control of Congress for 6 years, and now they have amnesia, and can only remember the last two.

    Amazing.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. GARY

    THATS BECUASE SHE IS A REAL AMERICAN ,AND KNOWS HOW MANY STATES THERE IS. NOT LIKE OBAMA WHO THINKS THERE IS 57 STATES. WHAT A BIG JOKE. YOU O.B. SUPPORTERS ARE NOTHING BUT STINKEN LOW DOWN HATERS. YOU HATERS WILL BE THE DEFEAT OF OBAMA IN NOV. AMERICA WANTS UNITY IN THIS COUNTRY .OBAMA CANNOT BRING THAT. IT SHOWS IN HIS LOW MORTALITY OF SUPPORTERS HE HAS. AMERICA IS GETTING TIRED OF O.B.'S DIRTY TACTICS AND HIS FOLLOWING OF HATERS. REP. ARE THE ONLY REAL UNITY AND CARE FOR THEIR COUNTRY FIRST. O.B. IS A GLAMOUR AND REHOTRIC. THERE IS A SAYING WITH O.B.' WHAT GLITTERS IS NOT ALWAYS GOLD. THINK ABOUT IF YOU HAVE ANY BRAINS LEFT YOU HATERS.

    September 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    So now she's above the law just like the Bush Administration? Some change,,,

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Ken

    This is definitely more of the same old [R]ightwing tactics. Claim cooperation, then when it comes down to it, don't cooperate at all. Sound familiar, all you Scooter Libby fans? Rememeber all the promises of white house compliance in the CIA leak probe? Remember all the white house promises of consequences for those who were involved? Remember how Scooter lied for his boss Cheney and then got pardoned?

    ".....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."

    Excuse me? These are state employees. Their loyalty should lie with the law. Just as Cheney and Libby should have been loyal to the law and the American people. Instead they clearly feel their loyalty lies more with their political bosses.

    For any [R], including McShame, to claim they have been putting "county first" is a scam and a bald-faced lie. And for their supporters to claim the same lie, just proves the supporters are partisan hacks and unpatriotic morons.

    September 17, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Big D

    OK – can everyone agree now that she was not an appropriate pick for VP? Can we agree that there's been a lot of insane rationalization going on to try to defend her as a potential President, but it was all just spin. It's become increasing clear that McCain did not put 'COUNTRY FIRST" when he picked someone without proper vetting. McCain has made a string of poor comments and told some whoppers of lies lately. But I think his pick of VP is the most extreme example of why he does not have the integrity to be our leader.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. Slash

    Now, um, maybe I'm just crazy, but I was taught that refusing to honor a subpoena was, you know, NOT ALLOWED. As in, contempt of court and the like. You can get on the stand and plead the fifth to your heart's content, but you HAVE to show up when the court demands it.

    Of course, I suppose those rules don't apply when the state's attorney general is appointed by the very person under scrutiny.

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. mitchell

    i guess that means none of us have to go to court, anymore? kewl!! i like this reform stuff she's bringin'. woooohoooo- no more dui's!

    September 17, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Cheryl

    Shocking.....They won't testify.......Somehow the laws are never applicable to the Republican Party. Have they been contacting Cheney, Rove, or Libby?

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. Joe in Dallas

    Well, at we know she's going to be a more effective VP than Cheney. It took Cheney and the rest of the Bush 43 team several years to decide they were above the law. Palin's figured that out even before the election. I wonder if we honest, law-abiding, normal folks can do the same thing? Can we impeach a VP even before she's elected?

    Reminds me a lot of Watergate. Remember how Nixon was re-elected to his second term even after the info was out about Watergate?

    Palin is Bush with lipstick and Cheney with hair.

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. TyWebb

    Palin's only objective is personal power...regardless of what anyone thinks about her or her ideology, a person with integrity would step down. This is ridiculous.

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. John, Catholic

    The right to not incriminate yourself generally means that you reserve the right not to incriminate yourself any further. It is subsumed that exercising said right is an admition of the guilt for which you are charged so as to avoid revealing guilt for acts which you are not presently being charged of.

    But who cares. Why should the rulers of the country have to live by the same standards of the country? It is not as if we are all equals or anything like that. The aristocracy does not have to answer for their crimes like commoners do. Truth and justice for all. The truth is that justice for well to do means they can pay their way out of crimes that the rest of us would have to serve life time sentences for.

    They who have the gold make the rules!!

    September 17, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. aughhhh

    Why is this even an option for them? They should be thrown in jail for contempt if they do not comply to a subpoena. Is she invoking executive privilege.......just like a Republican. We would not have that as an option.
    She is such a loser.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Palin is Bush 2008

    Why doesn't Ms. Plain wear the AMERICA flag? I see she walks around with the ALASKA flag and pin.

    Is she running for the President of Alaska? the LOWER '47' need to wait their turn Ms. API?

    ALASKA FIRST! Right Ms. Plain?

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Rob indetroit

    She has ca lot to hide.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Ann, MI

    Palin and her staff are committing contempt by refusing to answer those subpeonas. It sounds like Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Harriet Myers all over again. Why do these Republicans think that they are above the law and can decide when and how they will cooperate with valid subpoenas.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Copperfield

    A subpoena (pronounced /səˈpiːnə/) is commonly defined as a written federal command to a person to testify before a court or be punished.

    September 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Len in Washington

    "...subject to the supervision of the Governor..."

    That's a VERY telling statement.

    "Who cares about laws? We're Republicans!"

    Same old story just a different character.

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Tracey

    This woman doesn't even respect subpoenas! I say, a judge should arrest her and the people who fail to comply to this request! She doesn't even respect the process of the law! She should know better!

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  19. George James

    Law breaker- Sarah Palin

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Dakota

    I've yet to see one comment here that still supports McCain/Palin.

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Mark

    You guys act as if this is something new. Where have you been for the last eight years? I live in Texas and have seen this Republican abuse of power for years. In case you forgot, Bush was Gov. of Texas before president of the u.s. What happened to Rep. Foley? He was trying to become sexually active with the young male pages in washington he was supposed to protect. What is going to happen to Alaskan senator ted stevens? He is corrupt. Cheney, corrupt. Rice, corrupt. Bush, corrupt. Powell, yes Powell, corrupt. Wolfowitz, corrupt. Rumsfeld, corrupt. Gates, director of the CIA and participant in the Iran/Contra scanal, corrupt. It's funny, if you look at all the major players in the Iran/Contra scandal, you see them in the Bush administration. Corrupt. For some reason people continue to vote for this corruption. America is crumbling and these guys are trying to set themselves up as lords over the kingdom. I say all we have is constitutional toilet paper. Well, that is what they are turning it into.

    September 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. Take Me To Your Leader

    TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER.

    Who? Karl Rove? Where is George Bush? The economy is in the toilet, and we had one of the worst days ever in the stock market, and where is he? He sends his mouth piece out, Miss Toffu, when Americans are waiting to hear from him.

    The Republicans put this idiot in office and I do not want them to be rewarded for 4 more years of Bush Term III. Dems should wake up and hold them accountable. The party never mentioned the word Republican throughout their entire convention.

    Don't let them get away with it. They voted for the buffoon of the year, and now they're trying to shove more buffoonery down our throats. Tell them to take a long walk off a short cliff.

    America 08

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. theresa

    More of the same..... If we the little people were subpoenaed and chose NOT to show up and verbalized this...Where would we be...IN JAIL. So how are they going to get away with this. THEY ARE HIDING SOMETHING PEOPLE.

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Chris

    Sarah Palin IS guilty, but she is just trying to wait till she and McCain win (which won't happen) for the chance to be pardoned.

    Pathetic...

    September 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Dee

    I know this is Obamas fault some how, everything that gets called on the carpet is Obama's fault.

    September 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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