Friday, September 19, 2008

Palin's husband refuses to testify in probe.

"Hold me accountable," Palin said when the bipartisan investigation into Troopergate began, but now it seems that she and McCain are doing everything they can to stall the investigation until after the election.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband has refused to testify in the investigation of his wife's alleged abuse of power, and a key lawmaker said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

Todd Palin, who participates in state business in person or by e-mail, was among 13 people subpoenaed by the Alaska Legislature. McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan announced Thursday that Todd Palin would not appear, because he no longer believes the Legislature's investigation is legitimate.

Todd Palin refusing to testify under the grounds that the investigation is somehow politicized might wash with Republicans, but for everyone else there is the distinct feeling that Palin and McCain are worried about what might come out.

She would rather run the risk of appearing to be avoiding investigation rather than face what the result of that investigation might be.

However, a report could still be produced despite the reluctance of Palin aides to give evidence.

Alaska Senate President Lyda Green, a Republican foe of Palin, said Wednesday that the investigation is still on track.

"The original purpose of the investigation was to bring out the truth. Nothing has changed," she said.

Without the testimony, the retired prosecutor hired to head the investigation could still release a report in October as scheduled, based on the evidence he's already gathered. As of Thursday, Steven Branchflower had interviewed or deposed 17 of the 33 people he had identified as potential witnesses in the probe.

No doubt the McCain camp would cry foul were such a report to be issued and claim that it was incomplete as it had not interviewed all the witnesses that it wanted. But, if the reason it had not done so was because those Palin witnesses refused to testify, then they would have little legitimate cause for complaint.

What's obvious here is that the McCain-Palin camp fear what this report might say and are doing all in their power to bury it until after election day. It's a further example of the way McCain wants the American people to vote for Palin whilst knowing as little about her as possible.

Wielechowski said he did not know whether 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."

Who would vote for someone who is embroiled in scandal and subterfuge before they have even reached the White House?

Oh, of course, non-elitists like Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild.

At moments like this I can't help thinking, if it looks like a cover up, it's probably a cover up. And this one isn't even subtle.

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