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. NO PALIN

    She's not a joke. She's DANGEROUS.

    NO PALIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Al - VA

    Here we go again. All the liberals know how to do is subpoena
    people as it appears they don't care about the good old USA. How
    about doing the work they were sent to do when elected.

    September 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Donna

    but the lawyers will stall this until after the election.

    September 12, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Kool-Aid-Drinking

    Why do I feel like sarah palin is Dick Cheney with lipstick?

    Does anyone else feel that way?

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. NO PALIN

    Hey DJ,

    She wasn't "playing" dumb!

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Tom, KS

    Why is it that we are hearing so little criticism of Palin and McCains performance in their interviews over the last few days. All three were filled with the worst kind of canned answers, double talk and just straight lies. Even the ladies of the View are holding these candidates to a higher standard then the mainstream media (including CNN). The Media is clearly complicit in trying to divert are attention and divide us along the old cultural lines. Please CNN, start behaving like responsible journalists again.

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. nicholas

    for just about 2yrs she was governor she is being probed for abuse of office. what a shame. she had the nerves to say that she vetoed so many bills. Vetoing bill undermine the legislators. maybe she will vetoe a war with russia if u give her d chance. that will be the last we will hear of America.

    Nicholas from Nigeria

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    They will never appear. They will use the Rove playbook.

    They will cite 'executive privilege' or 'national security' and be done with it. Even if they get them into court, they will plead the 5th. If they get caught in lies, the will claim 'freedom of speech'.

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I'm tellin ya' – there is someting unclean about this family...

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. Dave From Philly

    This is what happens when you chooese the wrong person to be your running mate. So, I guess this is another smear-fest by the democratics?

    After all they made first dude make to 20 plus phone calls to get her brother in-law fired.

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Tough Times Ahead

    uh, oh....

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

    Do you only have Democrats replying to this website. You should be at least a little more fair and balanced.!!

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

    NO

    No one should say anything or do anything to Sarah Palin, America's number 1 hockey mum because to do so would be sexist. sarah is untouchable to all but the sexist nuts in the media and in the "angry left"

    Give me a break! this human being is unqualified to be VP. say what you will about BHO (and i am not a fan) but at least he has had the exposure to enable him to grasp foreign policy.

    sarah moosehunter palin will take us to war with russia and will be asking her generals after they inform her that russia has launched several nukes at us, "is that bad general?"

    September 12, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. J.A.C - Atlanta, GA

    The fact hat we consider someone like Sara Palin a credible candidate is baffling (Look at the facts!!!).
    That we do not seem disturbed by the possibility of Mrs. Palin becoming President of the United States of America–should anything were to happen to "President" McCain–flies in the face of logic.
    THIS IS ABSURD. WAKE UP AMERICA! We are a sophisticated, first-world nation...not some peasant Republic...

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Big D

    Here's what bothers me the most – McCain did 2 things that I think are unacceptable for someone who wants to be a leader. One is that he did not take his VP pick seriously, as evidenced by his lack of vetting er. Second is that he lied about her accomplishments when he introduced her. We're seeing the evidence of both of these things by all of these scandals being exposed. If he had vetted her properly and introduced her honestly, then we wouldn't be so suspicious about each of these little things. But because recklessly made an uninformed and risky choice, and then chose to lie to us about her and her record, it proves to me that he just does not have the integrity or a serious attitude about being a candidate for a higher office.

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Susan

    She is already trying to squash the subponeas. So much for her and McCain transparency!. Sarah Palin – not fit to be VP!

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. camp

    Let him speak, maybe he will make more sense than Sarah could ever do.

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Gregory

    What does she got to hide?

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Willcnnapprovethis?

    Culture of Corruption anyone?

    Agent of Change my @SS

    Obama/Biden 08 Hillary 16!

    CNN PST THIS!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. oldsoldierboy

    Troopergate, per diem gate, and email gate with claims of executive privilage. ENOUGH Palin ENOUGH.

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. PA Independent

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    We already have subpoenas served in the curent Administration's White House. How is this change?

    Oh yeah, "maybe" Alaska's First Dude will actually show up to testify – even though he probably just can't remember anything. Maybe.

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. gary

    WHY DONT YOU HATERS GET A LIFE. EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE POSITIVE WITH PALIN AND HER FAMILY. OBAMA IS GOING TO LOOSE IN NOV. BECAUSE OF HIS STINKEN HATING FOLLOWERS. AMERICA IS GETTING SICK OF O.B.'S FOLLOWERS AND HIS CAMPAIGN OF HATE. YOU YOUNG HATERS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY ,JUST THE CRAP YOU WANT TO GIVE TO PEOPLE. OBAMA WAS WARNED ABOUT HATE TACTICS ABOUT LOOSING ALREADY. YOU YOUNG MORONS KEEP HATING ,YOU FOR SURELY WILL DEFEAT YOUR CANIDATE.

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. MT, Texas

    McCain is up by 3 points now in the national polls ... his biggest lead in the last several months.

    Looks like either Obama is losing steam, or people reading the comments on these blogs by Democrats who end up just appearing angry and/or uneducated. I think it makes people think twice about supporting someone that these angry dems do.

    But, in their defense, it has to be demoralizing to keep making the same election mistakes over and over. I guess it's like a Dukakis curse ... it was Obama's election to lose, and it looks like he's going to succeed at losing it.

    Just like Obama said "if you keep doing the same thing, why would you expect a different result?" I wonder why he's running a Kerry/Gore style campaign?

    September 12, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Lesley

    It's a joke that Palin is being allowed to continue to run for the 2nd highest office in the land while this investigation is just getting underway. This should be print prime time in all of the news to call attention to the fact that possibly the next VP is being investigated at this very moment for a possible ethics violation while she's running on a campaign of, among other things, ethics reform. If Obama were the subject of an ethics investigation, you can believe the story would run every day.

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. J.A.C - Atlanta, GA

    The fact that we consider someone like Sara Palin a credible candidate is baffling (Look at the facts!!!).
    That we do not seem disturbed by the possibility of Mrs. Palin becoming President of the United States of America–should anything were to happen to "President" McCain–flies in the face of logic.
    THIS IS ABSURD. WAKE UP AMERICA! We are a sophisticated, first-world nation...not some peasant Republic...

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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