Todd Palin Defies Subpoena

Refuses to testify in Troopergate probe

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 19, 2008 3:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – Sarah Palin's husband will not comply with a subpoena demanding he testify before a panel of Alaska lawmakers investigating Troopergate. He and anyone else who refuses to compy with the subpoena cannot be held in contempt until the full state Senate reconvenes in January—after the presidential election. 

"It appears that the McCain campaign is now very heavily involved in this, and they're attempting to stonewall the investigation," said a state senator. A McCain campaign spokesman accused Troopergate investigators of "political maneuvering" and said Todd Palin would not be given a fair hearing. The Palins are being investigated for their role in the firing of a state commissioner who refused to ax a trooper who was divorcing Sarah Palin's sister.

Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, waves to supporters during a rally. He is refusing to testify before Alaska lawmakers investigating Troopergate.
Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, waves to supporters during a rally. He is refusing to testify before Alaska lawmakers investigating Troopergate.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Sarah Palin moves to embrace John McCain at a campaign rally.
Sarah Palin moves to embrace John McCain at a campaign rally.   (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, greet supporters during a rally in Anchorage, Alaska, last week.
Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, greet supporters during a rally in Anchorage, Alaska, last week.   (AP Photo/ Al Grillo)
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