As part of the abuse of power investigation — known as “Troopergate” — against Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), Alaska state lawmakers voted last week to subpoena her husband Todd because, as investigator Stephen Branchflower said, he is “such a central figure.” But today, the AP reports that Todd Palin is refusing to testify:
Palin’s lawyer sent a letter to the lead investigator saying Palin objected to the probe and would not appear to testify on Friday.
“The objections boil down to the fact that the Legislative Council investigation is no longer a legitimate investigation because it has been subjected to complete partisanship and does not operate with the authority that it had at the time of its initial authorization,” McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O’Callaghan said.
Gov. Palin initially welcomed the legislature’s investigation but has since argued that the state Personnel Board — which is appointed by the governor — should have jurisdiction over the case. But the McCain campaign has sent O’Callaghan to Alaska in an attempt to shut down the investigation all together.