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. Motov8n

    She sends him e-mails about government business he is in the MIX already!!!!! Make him Testify!!

    September 12, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. sharon johnson

    I THINK IT IS ABOUT TIME WHAT SARAH PALIN DOES NOT REALIZE IS THAT SHE IS IN BED WITH THE BIG BOYS. , THIS IS NOT ASKASHA ,SHE SHOULD JUST STEP DOWN WHILE THE GETTING IS GOOD. BECAUSE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS MCSAME WILL USE HER FOR WHAT HE CAN GET AND THOW HER AWAY LIKE A OLD SHOE WHEN HE IS FINISH WITH HER .I FEEL SORRY FOR HER AND HER FAMILY THEY,ALL ARE JUST BEING USED AND SARAH IS SO MONEY HUNGRY SHE CAN NOT SEE WHAT TAKEN PLACE .

    GOOD LUCK OBAMA

    September 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. fl

    if she sent the emails to her husband, i am wondering why hasn't someone hacked hotmail to retreive these mails....it is doable!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Bill

    If Palin has nothing to hide, she (and her supporters) should have no problem with this subpoena.

    September 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Go Get Em

    Yes, subpoena the hell out of them both.

    NEWS FLASH:
    We don't know them. Who are these people? Guns, pitbulls, liptstick, speaking in tongue, pregnant teenagers and shotgun weddings, killing bears...who are these people?

    September 12, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    I bet he still refuses to talk. I bet the aides refuse to talk. They're surrounded by Bush strategists who know how to keep from testifying.

    September 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Americans Against Palin

    They should also send Palin to the DOCTOR to get her head examined!

    September 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Daryl in Seattle

    NOW we're talkin!! The only thing left is to subpoena the Governor herself. So much dirty laundry with this politician who claims to be a symbol of change. She seems so much like Bush. The name of the game "How many scandals can you create in your first term?" I think she's on course to at least tie Bush since she's only been in office for 20 months! The "Won't Talk to the Press Express" is on the way out folks!

    September 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Lyndon,CA

    Irrelevant, america votes in black and white!

    September 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    So now, one person has his tax records released while the other has her husband being asked to attend court. Very strange!

    September 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Rebecca

    The GOP will try to cry foul on this when this investigation started even before Palin was picked. In fact Palin was warned about this by her own staff earlier this year. If the McCain camp is serious about reform they will not try to sqash this and be open and honest and tell Sarah and Todd to do the same.

    September 12, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Truth

    These comments reaffirm the fact that compasionate liberals are full of hate and venom.

    September 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. mike

    drip, drip, drip....

    September 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. cmc

    I know this comment will go into "moderation" as have my last few comments, but here goes, it's about time, too much is being said and denied. Let's get to the truth, wherever that may lead. If you want to be VP then you have expect this stuff, and Rove should keep his nose out of it, as this will seem as a "cover-up"

    September 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. For the sake of America

    Now you know why Palin rushed back to Alaska. Is she hiding stuff? Is she paying off people not to talk? Her son is not leaving for a month or more.

    I don't trust McShame/McLipstick

    September 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Matthew

    If I didn't have anything to hide, I'd have gladly complied. Or anybody else would have done so for that matter. Why is it that they don't want to if they have nothing to hide? That is an honest question I am trying to find an honest answer for.

    September 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Critter69

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

    Since the Alaska state legislature voted to conduct the investigation BEFORE Palin was selected as McCain's running mate on the Republican ticket; and

    Since the Alaska state legislature has a majority of Republicans in both the state House and state Senate; and

    Since the vote to conduct the investigation was a unanimous vote, with no 'Nays' nor no abstentions; therefore

    You be the judge as to whether this investigation is political or not.

    September 12, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Terry Gloege (Kansas)

    Anyone what to take bets on this happening? Nobody has been able to compel these folks to do anything yet. It seems there are those who have to follow the rules and those who don't.

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. marsha

    Just curious when is someone in the media going to question why the first dude is cc d on the e-mails sent from the govenor'e office? Is he the power behind the scenes? Or will we be voting for him if we vote foir her? Scary isin't it?

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Cathy

    Why not one for Sarah Palin...she's one of the main participants in all the drama???

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Gerry in Virginia

    HA...This small time Govenor may find she has gotten into some big time mess by the time this is all done. Now her husband is also on the hot heat. Wonder if they'll both go to jail before the investigators are done "vetting" them.. Maybe McOld should have talked to her more then once or twice before getting behind her skirt to hide.

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. mike

    but of course, this will only harden the Republican support.

    Republicans love their scandals!

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. gl

    Is it me or did Palin come off very angry and aggressive in that interview with Charles Gibson. If you look at her body language she seemed tense, up on the edge of her chair waving her finger the whole time. She at like she have some real issues with men becasue all the people she fired was men.

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Sherry

    And they treated Michelle Obama with kid gloves.
    I don't watch the View because they are so catty and biased.
    They don't talk issues, they talk fashion and other fluffy air head things.

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  25. GOP for OBAMA

    Here comes

    THE - STRAIGHT - LIE - EXPRESS

    September 12, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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