Probe of Alaska Native official's firing awaits testimony
A bipartisan investigation into the Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the state's public safety commissioner is due to take testimony tomorrow.

Palin abruptly fired Walt Monegan, the first Alaska Native to hold the job, in July. She has offered conflicting reasons for his removal but has suggested he wasn't a team player.

Allegations that Palin fired Monegan because he refused to fire a state trooper who was married to her younger sister will be considered by investigators. Palin's husband, Todd, who is also Native, repeatedly talked to Monegan about the issue but has denied asking for the trooper's firing.

Lawmakers subpoenaed 13 people, including Todd Palin, who hasn't decided whether to appear before the investigative committee. The state says any of its employees who have been subpoenaed will refuse to testify.

Palin is Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate.

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