Making the Rounds: Losing Focus pt. II

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Dexter Harper

Being in the lower 48 states, articles from the Anchorage Daily News will probably go unnoticed  by most Amarilloans.

In a controversial move a private lawyer Thomas Van Flein hired to represent Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin in Monegan inquiry has requested that all witness statements, documents and other materials collected in the course of the investigation be given to him.

There is so much more going on behind the McCain camp, don’t lose focus on a teenage pregnancy !!!

Read this next line closely it is a direct quote from the Alaskan newspaper. “It wasn’t immediately clear who hired and who is paying for Thomas Van Flein, who is with a large Alaskan law firm.”

Van Flein also wants to dictate how the investigation is handled, he wants the investigation handled by the Alaskan state three-member personnel board, not the Alaskan Legislature.

The Alaska Legislature approved spending up to $100,000 to investigate the circumstances surrounding the firing of the commissioner, Walt Monegan. The Legislature also hired Steve Branchflower as special counsel for the investigation. Monegan believes he was pushed out at least in part because he had refused to fire a state trooper who is Palin’s ex-brother-in-law and who the family considered dangerous and a “loose cannon.”

How controversal are Van Flein’s request?  When received by the special counsel they were forwared to the project director for legislative investigation, Alaskan state Senator Hollis French. French an Anchorage Democrat and former state prosecutor says NO WAY TO BOTH REQUEST. In a written response to Van Flein French wrote:

“Governor Palin has repeatedly stated that she has nothing to hide and that she and her administration will cooperate fully with this investigation. Is your client aware that you seem to be challenging the Legislature’s jurisdiction?”

“I think you will agree that it would be highly unusual for an investigator to share information with one of the targets of the investigation. I am unaware of any precedent for such an arrangement.”

French has instructed special counsel Branchflower not to provide the letters or witness statements.  Although Govenor Palin has agreed to cooperate with the investigation, Branchflower is still trying to interview her. His latest request was Thursday morning, and he hasn’t gotten a response.

Palin was in Arizona with John McCain Thursday, McCain announced on Friday that Palin was his vp pick.

“Clearly the Governor’s new political role will make it more challenging for her to make time for this investigation,” French wrote. “Nevertheless, her repeated promises to cooperate fully with the investigation, as well as statements that her new role as the Republican vice presidential nominee will not interfere with the day-to-day functioning of state business, should result in a concrete willingness to schedule and conclude her deposition.”

French said in a telephone interview Monday that he was surprised that the governor’s office had private counsel for the investigation. Usually, the attorney general would represent the governor’s office, “at least for anything that happens I think in her capacity as a governor, which is clearly this,” he said.

PDF: Palin Lawyer’s letter to state investigator
PDF: Sen. Hollis French letter to Palin lawyers

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