Alaska AG Resigns, Criticized for Role in Troopergate Probe

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The attorney general of Alaska has resigned after criticism over his role in the Troopergate investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Attorney General Talis Colberg announced the resignation in a statement yesterday, the Associated Press reports. “I determined that it was in the best interest of the state of Alaska to move on and pursue other opportunities,” he said.

Colberg had represented seven of nine state employees who initially refused to testify before a legislative panel investigating Palin’s firing of the state police chief, Walt Monegan. He contended he was fired after resisting pressure from Palin and her supporters to fire her brother-in-law, a state trooper who was involved in a contentious divorce from Palin’s sister.

Palin told AP she hopes “this harsh political climate we are in right now won’t deter others who want to help this great state.”

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