September 12th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Investigator wants subpoena for Palin's husband

Todd Palin sat with his wife, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, during the final night of the Republican convention.
Todd Palin sat with his wife, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, during the final night of the Republican convention.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - A special counsel has asked Alaskan lawmakers to subpoena Gov. Sarah Palin's husband and a dozen aides as part of the investigation into Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner.

Todd Palin has been a "principal critic" of his wife's ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, and had "many contacts" with Department of Public Safety officials about his status, said Steve Branchflower, the former prosecutor hired by the state Legislature to investigate the firing.

Sarah Palin, now the Republican nominee for vice president, is battling allegations that she and her advisers pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Wooten - and that Monegan was canned when he refused.

Palin has said she fired Monegan over budget issues and denies any wrongdoing.

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soundoff (726 Responses)
  1. Rara

    It's about time! Let's get the real vetting on the road.

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    September 12, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  2. TheTruthHurts

    I don't know if these guys are impartial, but someone impartial needs to carry this investigation to fruition. I don't know what she did or didn't do, but it's relevant - especially for a "reformer."

    I'd prefer this stay out of the knews until there is actually a RESULT.

    September 12, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. rbt

    Here is wear the rubber hits the road. When Palin hides behind a bogus executive privilege argument using McCain's attorneys. There should be an ad out the next day showing all the Bush aides ducking subpoenas.. Is that how they want to reform Washington? There is no change, not on policy and not on process of reform. . its empty words!

    September 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Truth Squad..?

    Time for big daddy John McSame to step in, or maybe bush will use his "executive power" keep these people out of trouble..
    Repulican abuses never fail to amaze me.

    September 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Chi4Obama

    And yes,
    The hits on Sarah Palin just keep on coming.

    I'm sure the Repugs on this blog will probaly cry "media bias" or "sexism".

    But hey, FACTS or FACTS.

    If Palin is the best candidate for VP that the GOP has to offer, then shame on them.

    September 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Fed Up American

    A lot of us don’t vote based on issues. Look at McSame-Palin. Why are they gaining in the polls?. Do you think it is because they are better able to solve the issues of health care, poor economy etc. (issues that the same republicans created!!!)?
    NO! It is because we are more caught up with hype than anything else. Think about it. The Republicans gained because of Palin. They don’t know diddly squat about her but there are comments such as “I like her”; “She seems nice”. After all Bush was voted in for 2 (not 1 but 2) terms because “he looks like someone I could drink a beer with”. Where did that get us? To the brink of disaster. And now we have a similar phenomenon with Palin. What ever happened to “Country First”?
    Truly a FED UP American!!
    Think before you vote. Vote O’Biden or God help us.

    September 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. linda., bella vista, ar

    Could be verrrrry Interesting...
    The first Dude didn't win any friends yesterday when he said about his son's deployment with the Army that he wished Track had picked a better branch of service.

    First Dude could be the loose canon.

    September 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. NoGOP

    As backwards as Republican voters think, this new stunt is unlikely to change their votes to Obama. This is essentially a futile endeavor. We should simply hold the election now and get it over with.

    September 12, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Look out........the skeletons are about to be ppulled from the closet!

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. obama all the way

    haaa haaa haaa haaaaa

    Caribou Barbie and Snowmachine Ken...the thruth will soon some out.

    What would Jesus do????????????

    Ask God what his plan is?????

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Chi4Obama

    And yes,
    The hits on Sarah Palin just keep on coming.

    I'm sure the Repugs on this blog will probaly cry "media bias" or "sexism".

    But hey, FACTS are FACTS.

    If Palin is the best candidate for VP that the GOP has to offer, then shame on them.

    (typo correction from previous post)

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    More dirt and scandal for Palin already? : -o

    It's only been 2 weeks since she's been announced and it seems like there's a new skeleton falling out every day.

    McSame, great job you did on vetting her. Maybe you should have spend 20 minutes instead of 15.

    With his rash decision to pick Palin, it shows how desparate McSame is to win. It's obvious that the "Straight Talk Express" has been derailed by Dementia.

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. McCain wants women to Vote Vagina!

    Go Get Em!

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    What? Not the "First Dude"! And just think, 50% of America doesn't know who to vote for.

    Sad.................

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Doris,Memphis, TN

    Three words:
    Drip, Drip,Drip.................................................................................................!

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. ED

    DRIP. DRIP. DRIP! .....SPLASH!

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Nando, Florida

    THIS PICK WILL HAUNT THE GOP for 30 YRS !!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Susan

    Here we go again. Oh brother.

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. faye, NV

    They need to get both of them.

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Leslie

    Uh-Oh! I smell trouble in McCain/Palin-ville!

    ARE YOU BETTER OFF NOW THAN 8 YEARS AGO?

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    Yeah :D Move on, gooooood idea. I'm sure, she's not telling the truth and tries to hide something from the Public.

    Way to go, go on and TELL US who this Sarah Failin is, and if she's REALLY that CLEAN REFORMER, or just another Wanna-be-reformer.

    Tell US the truth about her!

    Obama+Biden 2008 :)

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Joe

    The democrats just can't stoop too low, now can they?

    ...and CNN is right there to help.

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Another Republican for Obama

    Cue our trusty Republican lawyers to try and step in and delay/derail the investigation again. That's we do we, in case you don't remember Florida in 2000.

    September 12, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. eric

    The claim that McCain could bring change to Washington is the biggest lie in this campaign. Not only are his policies the exact same as Bushes, and not only did he vote him with 91% of the time, but his VP pick is mired in the same kind of scandals as Bush. This is the same kind of stuff as the Justice Department lawyer firings. If you aren't going to change the policies, and you aren't going to chance the character, what the hell are you going to change?

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Chi4Obama

    So theoretically,
    Could Sarah Palin be the first elected VP, that went to jail while in office?

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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