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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  1. kd

    It'll be interesting what comes out of this....

    September 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. sario

    anonymous and palin 2012 among others are not real posters. Both GOP and DNC have their posters here that just give some stupid 1 liner designed to derail, but don't contribute to anything.

    Ignore them guys....

    September 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Dick/NH

    Since the "First Dude" was included in many emails, as an addressee, out of the Governor's office regarding the "abuse of office" issue, I think it makes perfect sense to question him under oath.

    September 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Cupper

    THIS JUST IN:

    Just Like Bush White House, Palin Uses Personal E-mail Accounts And Claims Executive Privilege

    Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) is “being asked by a local Republican activist to release more than 1,100 e-mails she withheld from a public records request, including 40 that were copied to her husband, Todd.” Invoking a favored practice of the Bush administration, Palin has claimed executive privilege to keep the e-mails secret — despite the fact many of them were sent to Todd, who is not an elected official.

    What’s more, Palin and her staff intentionally use her personal Yahoo e-mail account, perhaps to avoid document release requests.

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    This is right out of the ROVE Playbook!!

    September 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. MIKE chicago

    We have seen the reports from court in '03 where the judge actually urged palin's family to back off , and also in '05 witnesses testified then and now.

    September 12, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Obama 08

    If there's nothing to hide, there shouldn't be a problem for her. With Karl Rove on her side, she's above the law.

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Sandra

    A VP win should give her exemption from prosecution. Motivated much, Sarah?

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Ramen Dude

    CNN, you forgot to mention that the investigators have 8 Republicans and only 4 Democrats... Something is really wrong with the Palin administration!

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Alaska for OBAMA!

    Careful, she just may have the Alaskan lawmakers fired if they issue a subpoena!

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Bill Nash

    what is she hiding? what is she afraid of? what about the 1500 emails? what about the cook being given a different state title but still the cook? what about the per diem charges? what about abuse of power?

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Nick

    Bologna. Just keep on disrespecting her, and you are going to see Obamas campaign sinking deeper.
    McCain 2008
    Hillary 2012

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Jak

    The DNC is really getting DESPERATE – looks like their guy is going down – quick let's find the grandmother – or any neighbor that might know some dirt. Where is her elementary school teacher -
    oh – that was Charlie last night.

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. HMMA

    Great corrupt family, with great American values !!!

    Let's attack Russia !!! waahoooooo

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. MAngeline

    I wonder if secretly McCain is starting to regret his choice, especially since it doesn't appear she was vetted very carefully. It will be interesting to see what comes out of this investigation...that is if it REALLY gets investigated.

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Eural

    What goes up MUST COME DOWN!!!!!

    OBAMA MAMA 08

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Jack

    The Trojan horse is beginning to crumble.

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Stewart, Santa Fe, NM

    Who is surprised?

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. no trickle down...

    Oh Dear! :o)

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 12, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Lorena D.

    It is an legitimate question to ask about Sarah Palin's qualifications, yet in politics it is really about power, how you win, and leaders having charisma, and the image. Like anyone really believes their is gonna be change .well besides race and gender. To be fair Obama has much of thin resume as Palin. I don't think he was chosen as the presidential candidate because of his high mark qualifications, but rather it was his appeal, and image he presented to people. Besides, I don't think the Democrats really believe that Hillary could beat Mccain. Strategically, Obama should of picked her as his vp. The democrats want to make history in the White house as much as the Republicans. I give Mccain credit for his vp pick. I see the rationality for it.

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Stan

    Hey, she was counseled in July that this investigation could lead to bad things....did McCain not know that? I still can't believe that she was picked for VP...and that the Republicans have fallen head over heels for her!

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Mark Wagner

    The best part about this is that all this investigation and planned subpoenas were planned before Palin was even picked.

    It's amusing to watch Republicans try to spin this one as Democrats or the media going after her.

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. joe

    Looney left? i'm a Republican..but i heard Palin talk about attacking Russia....thats looney and I'd rather obama than Palin...McCain probably isn't going to make it thru his first term...Palin as President? scary...

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. lp deacosta

    this witch hunting goes on every election,and the issues are pushed to backroom.we need to get down to the real issues at hand.jobs in this counry,re3build our infastructure,get away from our dependance on foreign oil,and get our troops out of this illegal war in iraq,and let me add a useless war by all takes.how can this country or its leaders cast an opinion about russia invading georgia,when we sit in iraq?john mccain might be a veteran and all that but he is running his campaign just the same as filthy g.bush did.wake up amercans asked forno demand more accountable leaders.

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Airforce1

    This is getting serious. The fire will only get hotter.

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Emilio

    Alaska needs to reform the "reformers"

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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