Half-Baked Alaska: State Attorney General Cites Loyalty to Palin in Refusing Lawful Supoenas

This may not be what the McCain/Palin campaign meant by carrying on the Bush legacy, but Gov. Sarah Palin has refused to comply with subpoenas in the investigation of her firing of Alaska’s former public safety commissioner. Now, her Attorney General has refused to comply with the lawful legislative subpoenas. That sounds vaguely familiar.

In a Mukasey moment, Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg seemed to disregard any independent judgment or responsibility: “As state employees, our clients have taken an oath to uphold the Alaska Constitution, and for that reason, they respect the Legislature’s desire to carry out an investigation in support of its lawmaking powers. However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor.”

“Loyal employees”? To whom. They do not work for Gov. Palin. They work for the state of Alaska and there is no question that these are lawful subpoenas issued by a legislative committee. It is an astonishing suggestion that the highest law enforcement official is bound by the loyalty to a politician rather than the law. It is a good thing Sir Thomas More is not living in Alaska. He’d be shampooing the Malamutes and parking snowmobiles for a living.

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22 thoughts on “Half-Baked Alaska: State Attorney General Cites Loyalty to Palin in Refusing Lawful Supoenas”

  1. ‘Truth, Justice and the American Way’, such quaint terms. Howard Dean’s right, this is much worse than Watergate. The expectation of people in office conforming to any standard of civil decency, much less being held up as good examples, has been so eroded that now it’s questionable whether even the law exists for those in power. They are doing anything they want, like the tin pot dictators and banana republics that we supposedly want to ‘democratize’. How can we have any credibility in the world if we allow our politicians to just ignore the Constitution and the law? I believe that it’s vitally important that we charge and punish this lawlessness, not just ‘move on’, and ‘get past it’, when the new administration comes in. American justice used to mean something, I hope we have the good sense and intestinal fortitude to make it so again.

    And I love the idea of the GOP up on a RICO beef, priceless!

  2. Well, hell yeah, they won’t cooperate with subpoenas. Auntie Sarah will have your head on a platter and your job in tomorrow’s want ads if you don’t “support her office.” She’s fired more administrative officers than a Russian Kalashnikov rifle.

    Nothing these people do shocks me anymore. What shocks me is all the nimwits who turn out to cheer Palin/McCain on the campaign trail. All the idiots who still say things like “Well, [fill in the blank] is still the Democrats fault.” All the %*/$heads who still listen to Rush Limbaugh. FauxNews Network. Give me a frickin’ break.

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