Amanda Carpenter at TownHall.com has the details, including an audiotape: Obama Partisan Tampers with Palin Subpoena List.
Investigator Steven Branchflower admitted he had ceded control of his subpoena list to Sen. Hollis French (D.) during Alaska’s Joint Judiciary Committee September 12 hearing that was scheduled to approve subpoena requests. [CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO.] French is a partisan who has endorsed Palin’s Democratic presidential ticket rival Barack Obama for president and is actively supporting his candidacy.
...Rep. David Guttenberg (D.) asked Branchflower why he was requesting subpoenas for only those people attending the meeting and not Tibbles himself.
Branchflower said he would “have to defer that question to Mr. French.”
“I put the list together with, talking to Mr. French,” Branchflower added.
Sen. Gene Therriault (R.) told Branchflower, “I don’t understand why you would have to defer that question to Sen. French. If it’s your list you’re in complete control of the list, then why can’t you answer the question?”
Branchflower had no explanation. He only offered, “I’m not sure why his name was removed. My initial request was to have him on the list.” At that point, French interjected. “It appeared to me there wasn’t the political will to subpoena Tibbles.”
“Something’s fishy here,” Therriault replied. “I mean either Mr. Branchflower conducts his investigation without direction, and now we know he’s been directed on the date and changing what he’s doing and how he’s doing it because of the time pressure he is feeling. And now we’re hearing that people that he’s trying to get information from, there’s direction going on on that, too.”
Indeed. Although the investigation is far from concluding, French has suggested it may culminate in an “October surprise,” perhaps even Palin's impeachment as Governor-- a game-changing outcome that would certainly increase the Democrats chances of winning the White House in November.
The final report, which French has already described as “damaging,” is set to be released on October 31, four days shy of the presidential election. Since the investigation began last August, there have been disputes over the timing over the report’s release, as Therriault mentioned. Although there’s been general agreement that Branchflower should conduct his investigation in a “timely” fashion, some Democratic politicos, like French, have been pushing for an October deadline.
French, who is “project director” of the inquiry against Palin, and investigator Branchflower are two of three main players in this investigation Republicans say have been tainted by partisan politics. The other is Democratic Sen. Kim Elton, chairman of Alaska’s Legislature’s Legislative Council that’s overseeing the investigation. Both French and Elton are strong Obama backers.
....According to campaign finance data available on opensecrets.com Elton has donated at least $2,000 to Obama’s campaign. Three other Democrats on the Elton’s 14-member council are also supporting Obama for president, as identified on Obama’s presidential website.
Further fueling the GOP’s fire is the fact that former Commissioner Monegan and state trooper Wooten are surprisingly mild-mannered about this “scandal” that’s blown into a national news story after Palin’s vice presidential appointment.
Monegan told the Anchorage Daily News on August 30 that he was never pressured to dismiss Palin’s former brother-in-law. “For the record,” he said, “no one has ever said fire Wooten. Not the governor. Not Todd. Not any of the other staff.”
This stinks to high-heaven. Where's the scandal? This trooper allegedly tasered an 11 year old boy (Palin's nephew) and drank while on duty. If she wanted him fired, she was right to do it. Now if she'd been protecting the trooper's job because he was a family member, that is scandal. This is just like PlameGate, a non-story, non-scandal being circulated by partisan Democrats for the sole purpose of political gain. It also fits right into Obama's sleazeball tactics of corrupt Chicago politics. Get everyone thrown off the ballot in his 1996 State Senate race on some technicality. Have your media surrogates unseal your Republican opponents divorce records in your 2004 US Senate race. Now the same thing is happening against Gov. Palin. Is that why the 30 Obama legal goons are in Alaska, going around like rats in a sewer for any slime they can throw her way.
It's time for us in the blogosphere and the American electorate to put the Obama Campaign, the Democrat Party and the Obama MSM on notice--we're onto your dirty tricks! We've seen this same crap from you before. Indicting Caspar Weinberger the weekend before the 1992 election in which the prosecutor's assistant (James Brosnahan) contributed money to the Clinton/Gore campaign days before the indictment came down. The revelations in 2000 (again, the weekend before the election that George W. Bush had been arrested for a DUI. In California, we saw it weeks before the 2003 recall election, stories that Arnold Schwarzenkennedy had "fondled" an actress.
And where's the media in all this? The same media who have spent the last 35 years acting arrogant after exposing Richard Nixon now stand by and give a free-pass to a politician whose dirty deeds make Nixon look like a choirboy.
This isn't change, it's simply Obama Democrats putting frosting on the same old crap and passing it off as cake.