Troopergate investigator wants subpoenas

The former prosecutor investigating Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner has asked for the power to subpoena 13 witnesses and for phone records.

Published September 12, 2008 7:14PM (EDT)

The former prosecutor heading up the investigation into Sarah Palin's firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner has gone to the state Legislature to ask for subpoena power. Steven Branchflower wants to subpoena 13 witnesses as well as the phone records of a key aide to Palin, the Associated Press reports.

The AP also says it's likely that the lawmakers involved, the judiciary committees of the Legislature's two bodies, will approve.

Investigators are looking into whether Palin abused her power when she dismissed Walt Monegan, and whether that dismissal came because he resisted alleged pressure to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper.

Update: More from the AP -- one of the 13 witnesses Branchflower wants to subpoena is Todd Palin, Sarah Palin's husband.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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