by Jason Moore
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- The battle over subpoenas issued to Palin administration officials raged on Wednesday, with accusations that the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign has co-opted the state Department of Law.
There was reaction from the head of the Legislative Council, a day after Attorney General Talis Colberg announced state workers will not comply with subpoenas in the Legislature's investigation.
Legislative Council Chair Sen. Kim Elton accused the attorney general of breaking his word on a deal the attorney general proposed. And Colberg's rejection of the subpoenas is prompting allegations that the McCain-Palin campaign has taken over the state's Department of Law.
Days before investigator Steve Branchflower appeared before lawmakers seeking subpoenas in his probe into the governor's firing of Walt Monegan, the attorney general made an offer to Elton to protect state workers from criminal prosecution if they had looked at personnel files.