Seven agree to testify in Troopergate probe

A group of Alaska employees will stop challenging the subpoenas they were issued; Todd Palin, however, is still playing games.

Published October 6, 2008 2:45PM (EDT)

Seven state employees have now agreed to honor subpoenas and testify in the ongoing probe into Sarah Palin's firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner.

The decision was announced Sunday by the state's attorney general, a Palin appointee, and comes in the wake of a judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the subpoenas. Included among the seven are Palin's scheduler and executive secretary and her chief of staff.

Todd Palin was also subpoenaed, but at the moment he's still refusing to comply. Instead, he's agreed to testify in a separate investigation being conducted by the Alaska State Personnel Board that will not be released before the election. The Palins' attorney has asked the investigator to reserve time during the third week of October for interviews with the governor's husband.

The main investigation is due to wrap this week, and a report is scheduled to be released Friday. However, on Wednesday the Alaska Supreme Court will hear arguments in a suit that asks the court to suppress the investigation's findings.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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