Thursday, September 18, 2008

Troopergate - Todd Palin won't comply with subpoena

This is absolutely surreal. Bush and McCain Republicans do believe that they are above the rule of law. First Karl Rove ignores a subpoena by the House Judiciary Committee, and now "First Dude" Todd Palin and a slew of Alaska state employees are ignoring their subpoenas from the Alaska State Legislative Committee that is conducting an investigation into Palin's behavior as governor. No wonder they don't want a professor of Contitutional Law in the White House!

In a flip-flop of epic proportions, the McCain campaign has said that a state investigation called for, authorized by, and conducted by legislators from BOTH parties is now "too partisan" because Palin is running for vice-president.

Get that? If you're sitting in the hot seat, afraid of prosecution, RUN FOR OFFICE!

It is time now to buy into the right wing conspiracy theory. The bottom line in this election is money, money, money and oil, oil, oil. The McCain campaign, following in the Bush administration's footsteps, will do anything, setting ANY PRECEDENT, to keep the Republican moneyed cabal in power.

As reported in the Anchorage Daily News,

The Legislature does not have the leverage to compel any witness to testify before Nov. 4, said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Wielechowski said he did not know whether Investigator Steve Branchflower has enough material for a complete and fair report with so few witnesses. But he said delaying the probe, which began as a bipartisan effort, would only politicize the matter more.

"It would be to appease the McCain camp," Wielechowski said. "They're doing everything they can to delay."

Ignoring a legislative subpoena is punishable by a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail under Alaska law. But courts are reluctant to intervene in legislative matters and the full Legislature must be in session to bring contempt charges, Wielechowski said. The Legislature is not scheduled to convene until January.

This better be on the front pages of every national newspaper tomorrow. For coverage, click
here, here, here, and here.

UPDATE: I love this comment posted to the Huffington Post piece on Troopergate:

"Remember the rules--If we are innocent--we will testify under oath.
If we are guilty--Then we say, we are innocent and would love to testify to clear this matter up but our hands are tied due to Executive Priviledge." posted by jwarrener

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