Troopergate Report Under Wraps

October 10, 2008 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The long-awaited report on how Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration handled the firing of the state’s public safety commissioner is in the hands of state lawmakers.

It’s unclear when, if ever, the public will get to take a look at it.

The bipartisan body set up to review the report met this morning behind closed doors to discuss its findings. The report, prepared by retired assistant district attorney Steve Branchflower, is 263 pages long and has 800 pages or so of evidence.

Branchflower had been wrangling to get statements from witnesses ever since Palin was tapped to run on the GOP presidential ticket. Her early cooperation turned to stonewalling, with the help of a team of lawyers Sen. John McCain sent to Anchorage.

Still, Branchflower was able to interview key witnesses.