by Channel 2 News staff
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The filer of an ethics complaint that led an independent investigator to conclude there is probable cause of ethics violations by Gov. Sarah Palin told Channel 2 News on Tuesday she did not leak the confidential report to the media, contrary to a statement made by Palin's lawyer.
Kim Chatman told Channel 2 she was not The Associated Press' source for the report, which details how the investigator came to his conclusion that the fund established to help Palin pay her legal fees is likely in violation of state ethics laws.
Thomas Van Flein, Palin's attorney, issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying, "It is a clear violation of Alaska law that Mr. Daniel (the investigator) explicitly reviewed with Ms. Chatman prior to her illegal actions. We will be contacting the appropriate authorities for review and action."