Think of it as a changing of the guard. The first Troopergate investigation (the one from the Alaska Legislature) has concluded, finding that although Palin was within her legal rights to fire Walt Monegan, the Commissioner of Public Safety, she DID abuse her power and violate the state’s ethics code.
The new guard is another investigation, prompted by Palin herself, from the Personnel Board. Presumably Palin went to the extraordinary lengths of filing an ethics complaint against herself because she felt that the Personnel Board would be a friendlier investigative body. This may or may not be so. Crackerjack Anchorage prosecutor (and Democrat) Tim Petumenos has been hired by the board as the special investigator.
Petumenos has asked the Legislative Council to turn over the confidential information from their special investigator, Stephen Branchflower. The Legislative Council made public a 263-page tome with the snappy title: “Report of the Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Termination of Former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and Potential Abuses of Power and/or Improper Actions by Members of Governor Sarah Palin’s Administration, Volume I, Public Report.” It’s Volume 2 we’re talking about.
Volume 2 makes Volume 1 look like a flimsy paperback, and contains information utilized to come to the conclusions that were stated in the public report. Everything in Volume 2, is not for public consumption. I didn’t even know they made binders that big.
So, meanwhile, the Personnel Board and its investigation, which operates out of the public eye, marches on. We don’t know when they will be finished, we don’t know when they will release the report, and we don’t know what the report will say. But every once in a while, like a surfacing whale, we catch a glimpse of this mysterious investigation, before it sinks out of sight again. And we wait.