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. MM

    Didn't she say before she and her staff were going to cooperate?!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Larry

    Palin, Mcinsane, and the rest of the Nazi Rep's....Country First ...Means,...China, India, and Mexico, First with our jobs ,trade practices and security to keep the Evil Wealthy Global Corps safe and secure and almost forgot Our most precious young people Dying daily.All the very best...!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Tony

    That whole family is messed up. I hope she is found guilty...and soon.

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Andy

    This is turning into a riot. An Obama supporter has been selected by another Obama supporter to investigate Sarah Palin.

    Intolerance at its best, compliments of the radical losers on the left. Face it, Bambi isn't going to be President. He hates Women, he hates Whites and he hates Christians. Plus the MSM has lost all credibility thanks to DU, Daily KOS and the Huffington Post.

    It's the gift that keeps on giving. This meathead is going to be lucky if he wins 10 states.

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. PoliticoMike

    About freaking time! She's perfect for the Republicans, use your power to destroy anyone who doesn't like you our yo don't like.
    Hey CNN, do some reporting and tell the American people why real reason Palin boy was shipped to Iraq??

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Kelly

    Palin is a female Nixon. Her lies, cheating, coverups are catching up to her.

    Yesterday, "deer in the headlights"!!

    What's that sound???? The Palin balloon deflating!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Ishootwolvesfromaplane

    People think Palin is different, because the bush-rove good old boy network has been conning America, that she is.
    She isn't and if you think McCain/Palin is a "change" ticket, I have a bridge in Brooklyn, I'd like to sell you. Hey, maybe I'll put it on Ebay.

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Earl

    NOW DO YOU THINK HE'S GOING TO SAY ANYTHING AGAINST

    HIS WIFE?........DUH.....HE'LL LIE AND ROVE WILL GET HIM AN

    ATTORNEY........WATCH

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. TexicoFrom Mexico

    The bottom line: America is doing everything it can not to elect a black man. Plain and simple...this country is looking for ANY excuse. GOP Lincoln would be proud.

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Ross in MD

    Right-wing hacks complaining about sexism in 3 ... 2 ..1...

    September 12, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Debbie, Independent Voter in Missouri

    They have refused to talk up until now. But the truth is going to come out.

    McCain has made a mistake. Why should I vote for this man?

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. JC

    There is no reason why the investigators should delay. If they want to subpoena the people involved, they should do it. The election should have no bearing on their decision to move forward with the investigation.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. Bruce

    Will be interesting to watch the mcCain campaign and the repubs swweat this and find every reason to delay and block the investigation. It what they do best, circumvent the law unless it benefits them.
    If there is tranparency here. let him testify...but what do bet if he does he takes the ftfth.
    \On another note ...from what I have seen of Palin's interview she looks unsure of herself and was not preped well. Think it airs tonight in full.
    The view, and barbara did a job on mcCain...but not anything that someone in the media should ahve done a long time ago..asked him direct questions and make him answer,not just say the party line.
    I cannot beleive that he said he has gone this negativve because Obama would not do town hall meeting with him....come on...this ti the counrty that we are talkig about and we have hd eight years of do it my way or you will suffer...McCain you are no maverick..you are business as usual and from that comment today about the town halls and since Obama did not want to do what you wanted you going negative and in that lying...shows that you are not more thanthe next Bush term. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. O.G.A, TX

    It is both sexist and racist to ask the Palins any ethics questions afterall one is a woman and both are white.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Hardy Takhar

    the deck of cards is falling . Pallin cannot play in the big leagues . She is just a small town red neck hick

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Ranger7

    Better put lip-stick on the pig!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. joker

    I am really sick of Ms. Palin pulling the V-card everytime someone "persucutes" her. How can we have accountability in government if we do not hold everyone to the same level.
    If we don't like what the men are doing, we should go after them too, but just because she's a woman, it shouldn't be OK

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Todd in SC

    Yeah right, here comes the Bushies favorite legal term "executive priveledge". Even though this wouldn't apply since he is NOT part of her government. The more we get to know her,the more she looks like a PERFECT Republican.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Jude

    Sounds like "Politics as usual"...Power corrupts and absoulte power corrupts absolutely....I don't think America can afford 4 more years of the Same.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. David - MO

    I'm telling you right now, John McCain is going to bring in Joe Leberman as VP in the midnight hour. Sarah Palin is just being used to get him elected then when this all blows up on Sarah in Alaska she'd going to take on for the team and step aside.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Tony

    Four WOMEN on "The View" know Palin has no experience, no credibility, and little intelligence.

    Barbara Walters should have been the one tio interview Palin. Gibson, tip-toed around her as is he were afraid she might break.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. kim,richmond,va

    If she is this dangerous and underhanded as governor, what will she do with her authority in the whitehouse? This is a done deal, send her back home and lets get to the issues at hand.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Sue/PA

    GOOD!!!!! From what the AP says...the hubby , a dozen others and an aides phone records are also going to be supoened. Justice shall prevail. McCain really should have vetted her....not just looked at her skirt.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Jerry in Boston

    Her husband?

    What about HER?

    The investigation is into HER misconduct and they aren't going to subpoena HER?

    It is absolutely outrageous that she is being spared a subpoena for purely political reasons.

    September 12, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. nitro

    If she has all of this executive experience why dont she just envoke executive previledge so no one has to talk to anyone. Isnt that what all republicans do to cover up the things that they do wrong.

    September 12, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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