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. former hillary supporter now for Obma

    she cant claim that her emails are subject to executive privilege because,as reported on cnn, she forwared those emails TO HER HUSBAND...A PRIVATE CITIZEN

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. J.A.C - Atlanta, GA

    The fact that we consider someone like Sarah 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 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 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Lisa, Dana Point, CA

    Well, October is going to be a busy month for court cases. The Resko case, and now Sarah, and something else, but I can't remember.

    Anyway, I taped the View and can't wait to go home for lunch and watch it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Joyce, ny

    Good Lord, what next? The more we know about this family, the more sickening the thought of Bush getting replaced by someone 10 times worse – and I thought no one qualifies for that.

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Rose

    I wonder why the Dems have so many people in Alaska trying to find out about Palin. I guess Obama doesn't like it when someone takes the wind out of his sails. Funny when the Rev. Wright issue was full steam everyone said he explained all that. Twenty years of that kind on nasty talk, hard to believe he would put his two daughters in that type of environment unless he beieves the same and I am not convinced that he doesn't believe what Rev. Wright said.

    September 12, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Oseki Otens Evans

    Read the latest on abc news. Women and rioting agaist Palin in Alaska.

    September 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Chi4Obama

    Don't worry Sarah,
    The GOP has already dispatched their "cover up" team to Alaska.

    Despite all of your lies, and ethics violations you will probably come out smelling like a rose.

    Isn't it obvious, the road has been paved for you to "lie" all the way to Pennsylvania Ave.

    You go girrrll!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Rebecca

    Finally. Palin said she would cooperate fully and now she is trying her hardest to cover it up and not cooperate. If she was not guilty she wouldn't be hiring a private lawyer trying to delay and threaten the investigators and people in charge of doing the investigation.

    She also will not release a mound of emails because she is citing Executive Privelage. The problem with that is Todd Palin was copied on many of those emails and he is a Private Citizen. Therefore, excetutive privelage does not apply and Sarah is trying to hide something.

    September 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Florida Voter

    This is some good stuff ..and it only going to get better the Palin 's don't have a clue. She faked her way through the interview with ABC brief them some more McCain Camp because they are going to need it .

    September 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Jorge

    Hopefully, the Palin honeymoon is coming to an end.
    She promised to cooperate fully with the investigation and now is trying to sidetrack and stonewall it.
    Can you spell C-O-V-E-R-U-P ?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. STL-Veteran

    GOD is watching tell the truth!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Sarah- ARIZONA

    Palin = Bush/Cheny but in lipstick

    September 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Joke Of The Day

    Is Sarah Palin ready to be our next VP?

    I don't know, AL- ASK – A.

    September 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. Truth Be Told

    to dj in los angeles – smells not just fishy, it's rotten meat. also, she did not play dumb in her abc interview. gibson just veered off the track a bit from the set of questions forwarded in advance to her party. dumb? perhaps not. then again, you may be right.

    September 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. karen-phoenix

    Please America wake up!!!! This women has NO education and her kids have all dropped out of high school!!!! Newsmen covering this story know far more than she does about foreign affairs!!! Obama has a degree from Columbia in Foreign Policy and Finnance and graduated Magnum Cumlaudi!!!! Please, America wake up!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. white female

    Oh my Good is this a shame, that McCain didn't think that america was not hip to him ...CNN, FOXES NEWS, MORNING JOE, CHRIS MATT-MOUTH MSNBS, AND THAT WHOLE BUNCH IN THE MCCAIN CAMP WITH THESE LIES, LISTEN PEOPLE THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING PEOPLE YOU CAN'T KEEP DIGGING A GRAVE FOR SOMEONE ELSE AND DON'T FALL IN IT YOURSELF.

    OMG!!!!!!!LOL LET THE GAMES BEGIN.....OPEN THE FLOOD GATES TO THE TURTH ON KARL ROVE AND COMPANY

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08 AND FOR EVER

    September 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. McCain/Palin

    The quote by Einstein should be applied to Obama.

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

    People, people.... listen up,

    NO MATTER WHAT HAPPEND, EVEN IF PALIN IS FOUND GUILTY, PRESIDENT BUSH WILL PARDON HER, JUST ASK KARL ROVE...

    BESIDES, SHE IS A MAVERICK, AND HER HUSBAND IS A SNOW MOBIL RACE CHAMPION (4 TIMES), AS MCCAIN SAYS, HE IS READY AND NOT AFRAID OF WASHINGTON.

    THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNMENT OF TIS ADMONISTRATION IS A DISGRACE, (NOT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY) TO THIS NATION

    September 12, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. SF

    This investigation is very important in that America needs to find out exactly who Palin is, and, I think we all will find out that her hands are dirty!!

    September 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Alan

    I imagine Glenn Beck would call this more "smear tactics."

    Sorry. Palin not only totes a gun, she's a loaded gun herself. Now that she's being allowed to open her mouth (unprecedented, I believe, holding a candidate AWAY from the media...but that's what you get when someone completely inexperienced steps in, I guess...did "inexperienced" Obama avoid the media?), it looks like she'll give everyone plenty of "legitimate" reasons not to vote for her.

    Rest easy, Glenn.

    September 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. COUNTRY FIRST McCAIN / PALIN

    LIBERAL DEMOCRATS – they do nothing but lie and take up space on this planet.

    September 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Batcat5

    Let's check that rumor out and Palin's bridge to nowhere story too. Did her jet really sell on E-bay? I hope McCain doesn't get any more surprises fron her.

    September 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. BobCobb

    Oh what a surprise. What happend to the teflon that was sticking to SP?

    September 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. matthew

    It's about time!! The Palins are just like the Bushes, only without the smarts.

    September 12, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Look in the mirror folks...

    F-E-A-R ... I think that Obama supporters must be in panic mode... Why has every Obama supporter out there all of a sudden have this desire to defend their man... think about it... democrats out there (media, hollywood types, celebrities, talk show hosts, musical artists, etc) all decided at the same time (this past week), that it is their job to attack anyone that doesnt support Obama. It's obvious that Obama can't defend himself (some of you even want Clinton to help- you know that couple you hated 2 months ago). Reality is that 90% of us know who we are voting for already... about 45% each candidate, that only leaves about 10%, the panic is that some of those 10% are already moving to McCain because of Palin and you people can't handle that. The thought of losing an election that you should have won is keeping you guys up at night.

    September 12, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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