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. marcel

    Yes, CNN keep on top of this story. Governor Palin who reminds me of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in a pantsuit, has something to hide. CNN don't let off the hook. Thank you

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Sage

    what was that that just hit the fan???? it is so funny to me how people on here are under the delusion that Obama has been "slamming" Palin. i have heard Obama say that she is a skilled politician and that's it. why is it that Palin claims to be a pit bull, but every time she is questioned she is then reduced to nothing more than a victim? the rebubs response only belittles women who actually have to deal with sexism,it is an insult. you cant have it both ways people...stand up or shut up.

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. cvr924

    Rezko.... Chappaquidick........ Whitewater..... what change is that

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Elaine

    R. Squibbs wrote:
    "But we all know this is just a sexist persecution, right?"

    ***********
    Why do most scream sexism? I think people are forgetting that she was picked to be McCain's running mate. Why should anyone treat her any differently because she's a woman?

    She was asked and she accepted. Now let her go thru the grill like everyone else. She is not the exception to the rule. She's a heartbeat away from the presidency if McCain wins. Let's see what she's all about!

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. watching from the sidelines

    McCain could have chosen Rice , Romney or some other better candidate...all he got was this nut job lol

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Houston

    It is so much corruption concerning Republicans that why I can'nt vote Mccain/Palin I can'nt reward failure cause by the Bush's Administration

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Sarah Bell

    Imagine if Obama had picked a running mate who was under investigation for abuse of power??? It shows you how blind the GOP is. And out of touch I might add! Democrats would have never stood for it. Republicans know they can get away with anything though because they have the blind support of their devout followers. More like nazi's if you ask me.

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. catmom

    If sheand her husband do not fully cooperate with the investigation and subpoenas issued we will know for sure that it will be more of the same.

    September 12, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. ben

    "And of course this is not in the least politically motivated."

    Troopergate pre-dates McCain's selection of Palin to be his runningmate.

    Just so you know...

    September 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Trudie, MO

    YES, HELLO....go for it. We want to know what's been going on in Alaska? I mean we're just humble lower 48 folks, but if she wants to play with the big boys, she's got to pony up the truth. What happened in Alaska? And why is she running from the press.

    Joke:

    Is Sarah ready to be the VP?

    I don't know, AL-ASK-A.

    September 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. j.williams, san diego

    The Democratic Party is truly the party of lawyers ready to smear and defame at the drop of a hat . DUMBOCRATS.

    September 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. maynard hopkins wi

    why on this green earth would anyone want to subpoena the husband of a govenor. he has no dealing with the government.
    the only thing that ties him in to any of this is the Wootan deal.

    If i were in the position to handle this case wootan would have been fired some time ago.... tazering a 10 year old. shooting moose illegally.
    drinking on the job. and lord knows what else.

    tell me this politcally motivated

    September 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Chi4Obama

    If Sarah Palin were a stock,
    I would be getting ready to SELL immediately!

    It sounds as if her novelty in the National spotlight has worn off.

    September 12, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Oseki Otens Evans

    The rise and fall of the Palin empire. The more wicked she got, the harder she fell! What goes around, comes around. Nepotism is a symptom of ill-fatedness. Accepting the V.P post right away without a talk with your family, shows the real "It`s all up to me`ness" in you and of course, a snap ot your fingers could also fire who-ever. Wanna be the one with those atomic briefcases? Your old rivals better watch out.

    September 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. John, Encino, California

    The controversy over the state trooper, the so-called 'bridge to nowhere' and her lack of foreign policy credentials should NOT be the defining issues for this election. There are only two meaningful questions about Sarah Palin that voters should ask themselves: Is she the smartest running mate that John McCain could have chosen, and does she have the intellectual capacity to step into the presidency? Period. Any person who thinks that being able to see Russia from an Alaskan island represents foreign policy experience should not be eligible to run for national office. And any Republican candidate for national office who doesn't know the Bush Doctrine by heart should turn in their elephant pin. Shame on John McCain for this incredibly cynical and short-sighted choice. And shame on the Republicans for putting the good of their party over the good of the country in this election.

    September 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Listen Up...

    Well he was copied on numerous official emails, so he may have valuable info. I have faith that the repubs will somehow make this everyone else's fault and make this all go away.

    September 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. tedious898

    OOPs.. Something is smelling a bit foul in Denmark.

    The republican party is an absolutely travesty and the McCain campaign a poor representation of the political discourse for which America is admired.

    How is it the least intelligent people would be the ones to elect John McCain/Palin? As I said before, McCain appeals to stupidity. That "my dear friends (in grouchy voice) is how this rather poor ticket will bring us 4 more years of "shrub" administration (Bush that is)

    Please think this time low intelligence voters! If we elect Obama, we will be able to get you educated. With McCain / Palin – NOT SO MUCH

    September 12, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Paul Dobro

    NEWS FLASH – Palin to have hard hitting interview from Fox news, pre-recorded and edited to ensure "FAIR AND BALANCED" reporting!!

    Why can the view actually do an interview while MSM cannot?

    McCain says Palin requested no earmarks as govenor

    McCain finally makes clear intention of overturning Roe V Wade

    McCain firmly believes Obama was refering to Palin with Lipstick comment even though Palin never mentioned

    McCain fells we should not teach children "good touch-bad touch" and allow abuse to continue

    Guess you did not see that comming, huh John?

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. wait a minute

    Personally, I think Palin should have fired her former brother-in-law for tasering a child, no matter if the boy was willing or not. The investigators should ask her to explain herself. Is it because she knew him personally so she did not fire him on the spot?

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Chuck

    Forget Palin. Concentrate on Michigan, Ohio and New Hampshire along with PA and Wisconsin and this race is over.

    Obama has 243 electroal college votes pretty well wrapped. Michigan – 17, Ohio – 20 – and New hampshire – 4 where he leads in the State polls along with PA and Wisconsin where he also leads in the polls will put him at 284. Game, set, match.

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. vince

    wonder how she will do in a dabate we got the answer last night on the bush doctrine she looked like a deer looking into headlights hope cheney dont shoot accidently

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. JLM in Saint Louis

    Palin was choosen as a gimmick. A token for the ring-wingnuts. Now heer past is coming back to haunt McCain. Her actions in office ashould be scrutize just as if she's a man.

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. voter

    she can't claim executive privelage on the e-mails when she cc-d her husband. He did not have a cabinet position. Therefore, she can't claim executive privelage for civilians. hand over the information Palin.

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. lol

    hopefully a "special investigator" will be called in to check into obama and bill ayers "friendly" relationship, that goes back to 1980"s when the unrepentant terrorist, and obama worked for years on the annenberg project that was a miserable failure.

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. USMC Mike

    DJ Los Angeles September 12th, 2008 3:07 pm ET

    Something smells fishy. Yeah Karl Rove will tell her to cite executive privledge or she's simply play dumb like she did in her interview on ABC yesterday.

    She can't claim privledge because she CC'd Todd palin on many of the emails and, since he's not an employee of the State of Alaska, she cannot claim any privlidge on those emails ...

    This is why Todd is being called to testify ... He cannot claim any sort of priviledge nor can she ... Should be interesting ....

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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