September 17th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
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Palin staff won't testify in trooper probe, AG says

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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. AMERIKAH, the Fatherland

    Sarah's Staff Won't Testify.

    What else is new? After 8 years of Bush, we're used to it. Why should anybody have to answer a subpoena? It's just the law, right. When you're ABOVE the law, like Karl Rove and Cheney, who cares? Do what you want–start wars, dictatorships, torture....

    We really do NEED A CHANGE.

    September 17, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. braggingrights!!

    Is our country gone to the dogs? or whats happening? is anyone above the law??. This is a wrong precedent! whether you are running for a higher office or not! the last time I checked we were all equal according to the United States constitution!. But it seems there is a constitution for the Republicans and one for the democrates! where will the independents seek for justice if this is the case?

    September 17, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Anthony

    What are you trying to hide Sarah Palin?

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Sandy

    Why is she so afraid to have her staff testify? Most of the people she's surrounded by are her high school buddies and aren't they loyal?

    September 17, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. John Kaleto

    Yet another underhanded attempt by democrats to smear an opponent. These same jerks are STILL whining about Bush's firing of his U.S. attorneys.

    Just goes to show the democrats never have the best interests of the country at heart; they only care about attacking republicans.

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

    This is absolutely disgusting. I thought nothing would surprise me anymore, but the unmitigated gall of Palin and McCain's henchmen is unbelievable. Heh Republicans......are you listening to this stuff and can you not demand your candidates be transparent!!!!!!

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Holly from Minnesota

    Now it's up to the "liberal" press–next time Palin offers a media opportunity, give her a chance to explain herself. Ask her why she's not cooperating with the investigation and what she plans to do to put potential voters' minds at ease regarding her possible abuses of power.

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. Rodney

    Hmm. Blanket executive privilege claim by an AG to stonewall legislative investigation of official wrongdoing. Intolerant of other views. Replaces professionals with cronies. Values loyalty above competence. Hands-off management. Shallow understanding of complex issues. Doesn't Sarah sound like another Republican we all know well?

    September 17, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |

    Sing it with me yall ...
    Deja vue, Deja vue

    OBAMA / BIDEN '08

    September 17, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Ben

    Just go through with it, even if she's found guilt Bush would pardon her.

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

    If she has done nothing wrong and didn't abuse her power as Governor, what does she have to hide? I would think she would welcome the investigation and want the reports published before the election to vindicate her. Anytime someone is working as hard as Palin and the McCain campaign is to impede and or stop or block the investigation, it usually means they are guilty as charged and are trying to cover it up. Or in the case of George W. Bush and his administration, they just feel they are above the law and the laws of the land do not apply to them. Its looking more and more like McCain and Palin feel the same way. In that case, they are just more of the same and part of the problem.

    September 17, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Remy, Titusville, Florida

    I used to think of Alaska like mostly frozen tundra.

    It seems they have a lot of swamp up there, too.

    September 17, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Copperfield



    1. a writ issued by court authority to compel the attendance of a witness at a judicial proceeding; disobedience may be punishable as a contempt of court

    September 17, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
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