October 10th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
6 years ago

Report: Palin abused power, violated ethics code in trooper case

Report: Palin ‘abused her power’
Report: Palin ‘abused her power’

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) – Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor and a violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report concluded Friday.

"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda," the report states.

View the full report (pdf)

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to sack him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states. However, it states that her efforts to get Wooten fired broke a state ethics law that bars public officials from pursuing personal interest through official action.

Monegan has said he was fired in July after refusing pressure to sack Wooten, who had gone through an acrimonious divorce and custody battle with Palin's sister. Palin and her husband, Todd, have consistently denied any wrongdoing, describing Wooten as a "rogue trooper" who had threatened their family - allegations Branchflower discounted.

"I conclude that such claims of fear were not bona fide and were offered to provide cover for the Palins' real motivation: to get Trooper Wooten fired for personal family reasons," Branchflower wrote.

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  1. Independent voter

    The headline and story need correction. The report concluded that Gov. Palin DID in fact break the law.

    Finding Number One states: "Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act."

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  2. Don

    Sounds to me like she needs not to point anymore fingers about trust judgement OBAMAS way. She's just been found she did ABUSE her power while in her current office as governor and fired that TOOPER.
    DO UNTO OTHERS AND IT WILL BE DONE UNTO YOU...

    TO all obama people lets send a clear message and give 25.00 to put a tidel wave against the Mcsame/ Failen ticket...

    I just gave mine

    Obama/Biden

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. Joe from Oklahoma

    Cheney with lipstick...There we have it...

    What's next?
    The National Guard surrounding "unspecified" polling places?

    Churning up hate at rallies?

    Don't cross her...She is probably the most feared governer in Alaskan history...a pitbull with C-Cups.

    This cannot get within 500 feet of the Capital.

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. New Day

    Lamar – she is no longer believable???? she was believable before???

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Herman In LA

    How can you NOT be found guilty for abuse of power? Just like Bush...

    Nope not this time, can't trust her or McCain...

    Obama / Biden

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  6. Michael

    Say it ain't so...... Abuse of Power as Governor. Imagine what would happen as Vice President.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Lee from FL

    America needs to fire her and mcCain

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  8. WAS FOR PALIN, NOW NO MORE PALIN

    OBAMA-BIDEN WERE RIGHT FOR ONCE, MY McCAIN-PALIN TICKET ARE JUST LIKE THE BUSH-CHENEY ADMINISTRATION. BUSH HAS A TWIN BROTHER WHO IS McCAIN AND NOW CHENEY HAS A TWIN SISTER IN THE NAME OF PALIN, or SHOULD I SAY A DAUGHTER, BECAUSE SHE ACTED JUST LIKE HIM (PROBABLY IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY). I THINK WE REALLY CAN NOT AFFORD A CONTINUATION OF THIS BUSH-CHENEY THIRD TERM.
    I AM NOW OBAMA-BIDEN 08. WE DO NEED A CHANGE.

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. DeMj

    but you guys are forgetting the most important thing out of this whole election. John McCain was a...a...a...POW!... ah ok I give up!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  10. Deanna

    She DID break the law. Although she had the authority to hire and fire him, she violated Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Branch Ethics Act.

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. mark

    Well...she put herself before the State of Alaska!

    Do you really think that she puts "Country First?" Not!

    Send Sarah back to be "Guardian of the Northern Frontier!"

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Please post this

    She was just practicing in Alaska for what she'll do in the lower 48.

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO No abuse of power. Not under any circumstances. NO

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. V

    That is like saying I abused my right to drive by going the speed limit...

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Josh

    Bottom line, cop needed to be fired. Should not have been an issue to Monegan.
    Look though the liberal spin...

    October 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  15. iv64

    Funny according to Anchorage Daily News she DID break the law.

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. timyy

    This women is the worst kind of hypocrite. She parades around like she is morally superior yet has clearly abused her power as governor. Add to that her arrogance and questionable intelligence and you have someone who has no business in the position of VP candidate. Any one who is still wanting to support her obviously is more interested in their team (the republicans) winning than doing what is best for the country.

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. rosa

    So abusing power is not against the law in Alaska. Interestiiing.

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. gerri

    She might beat Cheneys record for abuse of power if elected.

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. dan

    Wow! Now i know that Mkkkain made a great choice by choosing her.

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Christine El Paso

    How is it she can abuse her power as governor but it's not illegal? Dosn't sound right to me? But I don't care if they found it Illegal or not just that she abused her power is enough for me, who needs anouther Dick Chaney?

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    My, My, My. Talking about digging a whole for someone else. OOPS she fell in. You want to talk a judgment and character.

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Staylor

    I guess she could fill Cheney's shoes!

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    Even more reason why she and McCain should not be allowed into the office.

    The last thing we need is another president and vice president who abuse their power. Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Tim

    "Palin abused power but didn't break law in trooper case"

    Looks like she's ready for the Vice Presidency: abusing power, but hiding behind semantics and legal mumbo-jumbo to avoid prosecution.

    Has Cheney already ceded the poser of the dark side?

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. tim

    We dont need a brother in law politician in the Whitehouse. While she broke no public laws she did break unspoken laws involving character and ethics. This actually is worse as you can break a public law and simply have made a mistake (like speeding) but character and ethics show you the true heart of a person.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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