JUNEAU, ALASKA — Alaska's investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power, a potentially damaging distraction for John McCain's presidential campaign, ran into intensified resistance Tuesday when the attorney general said state employees would refuse to honor subpoenas in the case.
In a letter to state Sen. Hollis French, the Democrat overseeing the investigation, Republican Atty. Gen. Talis J. Colberg asked that the subpoenas be withdrawn. He said the employees would refuse to appear unless either the full state Senate or the entire Legislature voted to compel them.
Colberg, who was appointed by Palin, said employees were caught between respect for the Legislature and loyalty to the governor, who initially agreed to cooperate with the inquiry but backed away after becoming McCain's running mate.
Last week, French's Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed 13 people, including Palin's husband, Todd.
Earlier in the day, GOP House Speaker John Harris, who two months ago supported the investigation, questioned its impartiality and raised the possibility of delaying the findings.