- The Washington Times - Friday, September 19, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband has refused to testify in the investigation of whether his wife abused her power as governor, and a key lawmaker said Thursday that uncooperative witnesses are effectively sidetracking the probe until after Election Day.

McCain-Palin presidential campaign spokesman Ed O’Callaghan announced Thursday that Todd Palin would not appear before an Alaska Legislature panel, because he no longer sees the investigation as legitimate.

State Sen. Bill Wielechowski, a Democrat, said the McCain campaign is doing all it can to prevent the Legislature from completing its report on charges that Mrs. Palin dismissed the state’s public safety commissioner because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper.

Mr. Wielechowski, a member of the panel that summoned the witnesses, told the Associated Press that the witnesses can avoid responding to a subpoena for months without penalty and that court action to force them to appear sooner is unlikely.

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