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. Concern in Ohio

    Hmmm,...I wonder what the delay is in getting this investigation over with? Could there be something the american people are not aware of concerning Gov. Palin?

    We need to ask "tough" questions america,...the last time we didn't our men and women ended up in Irag for....6 years and counting:(....

    We need to demand that the tough questions are asked of Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8 years is enough!

    September 12, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Cam

    Good quote Speider!

    That should be Obama`s new slogan!

    I think that this investigation is being squashed by Palin and the Repubs shows all we need to know. Regarding the executive privilage thing, why does anyone give that any credibility......are her abuses of her power matters of national security or something

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    Dirty, dirty, dirty.

    Alaskan politics: keep 'em in Alaska.

    Obama 08

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    Dont worry mccain will defend her just like he defends her banning books, he defends her bridge to nowhere, he defends her charging rape victims for forensic kits, he defends her on her belif god put at war in iraq, WAKE UP PEOPLE THIS WOMAN IS A FRAUD AND A GEORGE BUSH IN A SKIRT BOTH HER AND MCCAIN ARE WARMONGERS GO AHEAD VOTE FOR THEM woman say goodbye to your rights parents if you have children that are at draft age say goodbye because their going to one of their wars ( IRAN RUSSIA IRAQ) PEOPLE BE SMART THIS TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OBAMA/BIDEN08

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Tomiwa

    Too much too soon. I just know something will come up. Lets see the drama enfold and how the GOP machines will try so desperately to squash this....some VP pick!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Jeff

    This country is exhausting every avenue it can to not elect a black man and before its over it will have been a public lynching. That is the plain truth in all this. If he had chosen Hillary it still would be the same....the Right is out to get the people of color.

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. White Mother for Obama!!

    Despite denials by the Palin campaign, new evidence proves that as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, Sarah Palin had a direct hand in imposing fees to pay for post-sexual a–ault medical exams conducted by the city to gather evidence.

    Palin's role is now confirmed by Wasilla City budget documents available online.

    Under Sarah Palin's administration, Wasilla cut funds that had previously paid for the medical exams and began charging victims or their health insurers the $500 to $1200 fees.

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. No Palin Fan

    Let's wait and see how they wiggle there way out of this . Oh and they will...Palin was not great in that staged interview , although they did a good job in schooling her. But has anyone heard the 1st dude utter a word?
    Wonder if McCain wishes now he had gone with a safer pick.
    She has caused a stir but not all is good . All they can do now is hope they can pull a Rove and point the blame on some unlucky soul to take the fall ...as in what he did to Gov Seiglman of Ala.

    September 12, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Pale Male

    Good lord- The Palins must have one huge closet with all of these skeletons- it's like a parade of scandals-

    When will it end?

    September 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. dave

    wow, I clicked on a link to see an article about McCain on the View and what pops-ups first....a negative article about Palin's husband under investigation. Nice. I love CNN.

    September 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter

    Justice is about to be serve (possible cold). Palin has a lot to answer for her past. She has to make America believe she's qualified for the VP job. I, for one, haven't been convinced since McPain tapped her shoulder.

    September 12, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. REPUBLICAN NOT VOTING FOR MCCAIN/PALIN

    The truth matters. You can't lie and throw people away when they don't do what you want. You can't just mow them down. You can't use your power for personal gain.

    Now Palin says she is going to "Reform Washington". When asked McCain didn't know what she was going to do or if he was the target.

    Obama/Biden for the American people .

    September 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Praetorian

    What is her husband to do with her conduct and performance of her job as Governor?

    This would be like subpoena of Mrs. Cheney, Mrs. GW Bush?

    September 12, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Rob

    her e-mails should be made public .lets here the truth on these matters , not her coverups and lies . shes not president , so theres no executive priviledge

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. rain in san diego

    hi speider...I can't agree more with you....wake up America!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. carepi,nj

    if she is found guilty, the campaing will say that the process wasn't transparent, and that all those allegations are an attack to deminish women, if the media ask questions, just like Sean Hannity says "the obama campaing has send over 30 P.Is and lawyers to destroy this fine lady " then all of the sudden the media is bias, the question to the KARL ROVE TEAM IS:

    -who you think you are.?
    -and who gives you the right?
    – and why is he even here? --michael scott – nbc the office. -–

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. dennisec

    If there's a way, there's a will. That's right get the truth out!

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Flinch

    PLEASE America.

    Please vote for McCain and Palin.

    You will get what you have coming to you.

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Mark

    I'm a conservative. I say grill the husband. Grill them all. Lie detectors and the works!!! Then we get to the bottom of BOTH camps. Stop kidding yourself people...you are all hypocrites!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Susanne

    I sense alot of hatred. Does it "feel" good to hate and banter all of the time. Try saying something positive about the people you are raking over the coals and perhaps you might live longer. Such a sad commentary of how low the American population has become as far as morality, patriotism and just the way people conduct themselves. No respect for themselves or for others. Just shoot your mouth off so that you can hear yourself. How about just shut up and stop acting like fools. We are America..act like it and try to distribute kindness and hope and those ideals which make our country great.

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. CW4Barack

    it's about to go down!

    Why haven't the media asked McBushPalin why he keeps mentioning Obama not doing townhalls with him. So he is telling the American people that the only way he can run a honest, decent campaign is if Obama is sitting across from him...that's a bunch of poppy-crock! What does this say about this man's credibility....is he saying to world leaders the only way I will behave well with you is when you are sitting at the table across from me, but when you leave I am going to tear you to pieces.....say one thing infront of my face, but talk behind my back...there's a word for that-HYPOCRITE! Mr. Depends has lost all honor, and with the selection of Ms. Pittbull in lipstick and the American people swallowing up this crap....it scares me to admit that the American people really want something to cheer about so badly that they would actually find her extensive ignorance and hubris refreshning! May god help us all!

    September 12, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. FAILIN' PALIN PROVIDING SEDATION FOR THE NATION

    WOW. We had a two day lull in the latest scandal from the Clampett Clan!

    Glad to see she never disappoints! My only worry is there are only 7 weeks until the election, at one a day will we have enough time.

    So many scandals, so little time!

    September 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Cody

    To those who claim this is politically motivated. Well, of course the timing is politically motivated, but so what? It is just part of the vetting process. Are we no longer allowed to investigate our politicians?

    I heard Hannity saying that Palin shouldn't submit herself to interviews if reporters are going to be so mean to her. How absurd. Even Obama finally went on O'Reilly.

    September 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. tonyP

    as Obama himself said "the american people aren't stupid" when will his supporters get the message??

    September 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. rusty

    To think that someone could end up a heartbeat away from the Oval Office with a minimum of interviews, and a complete examination of his or her past, and tax records, is very alarming. In the case of Palin, the MSM needs to dig, and dig hard. Being attractive and well spoken, to the point of arrogance, just does not cut it. One heart beat away people, think about it.

    September 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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