The Dems must be getting really, really desperate. They see their numbers falling faster than the water going over Niagra Falls, and they are now doing anything and everything to Swiftboat Sarah Palin, even if the rest of the world sees what they are doing while they are doing it.
In a previous post, I introduced you to the investigators of Troopergate. It is already shady enough that Democrats French Hollis and Kim Elton are using their positions of power to influence the investigation. But more information is coming to light, and it is not good news for the Dems who really need this to be a big scandal in order to revive Barack Obama’s sagging campaign. Now, we have evidence that Hollis, Elton and compnay may be witness tampering.
From Amanda Carpenter over at TownHall:
|A Friday hearing revealed that an Obama partisan has manipulated an independent investigator’s subpoena list for a controversial inquiry against GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The investigation is intended to determine whether Palin abused her office by firing Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. Palin says she fired him over budget issues. Her foes believe the firing was due to Monegan’s unwillingness to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law State Trooper Mike Wooten, a man who has admitted to “tasering” his stepson, illegally shooting a moose and has been accused of threatening his former father-in-law with violence and drinking in his police car.
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.
Lawmakers approved 13 of Branchflower’s subpoena requests that day, which included one for Palin’s husband, Todd. Four other subpoenas were approved for aides Branchflower believes participated in a meeting called by Palin’s former chief of staff Mike Tibbles where Wooten’s firing was allegedly discussed.
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.
Clearly, Hollis French is an Obama operative who is directing this investigation (check the picture) so as to cause as much damage as possible to the McCain-Palin ticket and it is very likely that the Obama campaign knows about it since they sent 30 lawyers and other operatives up to Alaska to try and dig up any dirt they could on Governor Palin.
The actions of Hollis and Elton give this investigation all the markings of a witch-hunt and it is being conducted by the Democrats.
|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.”
Wooten, for his part, has reportedly turned down at least $30,000 from tabloids hungry for his side of the story.
CNN reported that Obama campaign officials had been contacting Wooten’s union …
Something is definitely fishy up in Alaska. And it seems to be centering on two Obama operatives: Hollis and Elton.
You can access the complete article on-line here:
Obama Partisan Tampers With Palin Subpoena List
September 13, 2008
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Alaska, Brack Obama, David Guttenberg, Gene Therriault, Hollis French, Kim Elton, Mike Wooten, Sarah Palin, Steven Branchflower, troopergate, Walt Monegan, witness tampering |