ANCHORAGE — Seven aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether the Republican vice presidential nominee abused her power by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.
There is no indication, however, that Palin or her husband will testify in the legislative inquiry, which has dogged her for several months and could hurt John McCain in the final weeks of the presidential race.
Palin is the focus of the investigation into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan a year after she, her husband and key advisors began questioning him about getting rid of a state trooper who had divorced her sister.
Monegan says he was dismissed because he wouldn't fire the trooper. Palin contends that Monegan was dismissed for insubordination on budget issues.