State employees won't testify in Troopergate

Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg, a Palin appointee, says 10 state employees won't comply with subpoenas, and asked the state's Legislature to withdraw them.

Published September 17, 2008 5:49PM (EDT)

Republicans are continuing to try to stall or halt the investigation into Sarah Palin's firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner. The latest move may be the boldest one yet.

Tuesday, in a letter to Hollis French, the Democratic state senator who's overseeing the investigation, Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg said that 10 state employees who were subpoenaed last week will refuse to testify unless the full state Senate or full state Legislature votes to compel them to. (The subpoenas were requested by the lead investigator, former prosecutor Steven Branchflower, and were authorized by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which French chairs.) Colberg, a Palin appointee, asked that the subpoenas be withdrawn.

Also subpoenaed were three people who are not employees of the Palin administration, including Todd Palin, Sarah Palin's husband.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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