October 10th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
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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. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Obviously these Palin family take care of family business FIRST. Only idiots would believe that Sarah Palin would treat "Country First"!

    October 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Country First? No. She means, "Palin First."

    October 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  3. philip

    And there you have the whole picture (although I am sure there are other skeletons in her closet). The mere fact that the McCain campaign and the republicans have attempted to supress all of this should be a real red flag to all in the world and especially Americans that McCain/Palin are not to be trusted. They are liars! Shame on them!

    October 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  4. insider

    Do we need this RepubliClan member a heartbeat away?

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. Sylvia

    I think she is abusing her power by spreading hatred and lies about Obama.

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Carolyn

    Huh... I guess I was wrong. Looks like Sarah Palin *is* qualified to be Vice President.

    Because if Cheney's any example, a willingness and ability to abuse power is clearly an important qualification!

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  7. Speider

    Oh, then that's okay. I feel so much better knowing she only abused her power.

    Go McCain/Palin 08!
    Brought to you by the American Sarcasm Council

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  8. Joey

    "Politics as usual"......Palin abuses power. Sounds like Bush to me. She has loss all creditibility.

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  9. mama4obama

    My hubby always says...what goes around comes back around, but this time......

    I want to see it get back to her...and I mean in a big way!

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. Jim

    She'll fit right in then with the rest of Washington.

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  11. TATANKA

    THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU WHAT YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH WHEN YOUR POLITICAL PARTY IS THE ONE MAKING ALL THE RULES.

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. indy chris

    Palin really is Cheney without a Dick.

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  13. Melanie Jones

    If she violated a stature she broke the law. It may not be a chargable offense, however she did break the law.

    I wonder if GOV. Palin will continue to attack Obama for not being truthful. She knew why she fired the guy, however, she decided to lie to the people.

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  14. Proud Obama/Biden Supporter

    The truth is coming out about Palin and all you who vote a person like this into office will make it a very sad day in American history. The McCain/Palin ticket is setting us back 60 plus years. Now their campaign is sounding very racist! AMERICA PLEASE WAKE UP FROM THIS NIGHTMARE!

    October 10, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Alison B

    DIRTY POLITICS OR DIRTY MEDIA? That is the real question. Quite honestly I feel that it is the Media that injects the dirt in campaigns. On and on and on we have to hear the whining of how anyone who is not PRO Obama must be a racist. Maybe some are, but that is not to say that all people are. I take issue and offence with how CNN reports the race issue over this campaign. I am tired of it. CNN spends more time beating that to death and then you dig up every little piece of dirt on Sara Palin. I would never support Obama because he seems to behave as if he is entitled to win and those who are not with him are against him. CNN could not wait to jump on the scoop of Sara Palins so called Abuse... but so little has been said about how Obama steam rolled his opponents in Chicago to get into the Senate. What crap! CNN, you are not balanced in reporting and one sided,. Clearly trying to influence people by implying that Mcain supporters are racists. I think that is appauling.

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. AMN in Chitown

    So, how exactly is this country first?!?!

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  17. TangoDancer

    Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire Palin's ex-brother-in-law from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to dismiss him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.

    This is a direct quote from the report. I recently had a close friend removed/fired from a job position solely due to political/personality difference with a supervisor. My friend's case was concluded in a similar manner in that there were no real grounds for dismissal, but the boss (in our organization) had the authority to dismiss her. I still feel animosity about this unjust act and I'm sorry for this public safety commissioner that lost his job due to this internecine Palin-family feud.

    Is there any way that this former State of Alaska employee can be properly compensated and returned to duty and his previous position in the community?

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. S. Boatman

    GUILTY! . . . SURPRISE! . . . ITS OCTOBER!

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. GooGooCluster

    Wow – and there are some American voters who want to give Palin MORE power to abuse? Have you learned nothing over the last 8 years? Don't you know what rotten politicians look like by now? Palin is just Bush in drag.

    Beware, beware any politician who makes a big show of being "Christian." They are the rottenest of all.

    It amazes me daily to hear the crowds at the McPalin rallies hollering hate and for the candidates to do NOTHING to stop them. Today McCain tried to tamp down on some of the calls for blood and his own followers booed him. Wow again.

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Me

    And she has the guts to say Obama puts his urge for power above the good of the country? Palin will pull any string she can and to @#$@ with anyone that gets in her way. She is the ultimate definition of the people we do NOT want in power.

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. Ons

    Unfortunately not even so many republicans are happy with Sarah Palins, she’s out of touch in so many issues affecting American’s right now, so abuse of power does not surprise me and it raises so many questions that she needs to answer yet. How do we trust her as a VP and maybe president

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  22. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    It's an impeachable offense – any elected official that abuses power can be impeached.

    Bye Sarah

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Chris Mannoia

    This campaign has turned into a circus! Ayers-Keating-Wright-Wooten---The list goes on and on.

    O.K., so "abuse of power" isn't against the law? If I remember correctly, Richard Nixon was accused of such a thing, and it helped bring him down...

    My point is this: we are in the midst of an unpopular war, a devastated economy, and mistrust of government institutions that rivals the 1960's, and all these people can do is throw wild accusations at each other?

    How about some LEADERSHIP guys? How about showing us how we will repair our economy, end this war without making the sacrifices of all those men and women be in vain, and return this wonderful country to the position of world leadership and international respect it once had?

    Who cares about this "troopergate" thing? Who cares who John MCcain worked with twenty-odd years ago? Who cares if Barack Obama sat on a panel with Professor Ayers?

    What I care about is that we are less than a month away from what could prove to be the most important election of our generation, and our leaders are arguing over trifles!

    Will what happened in Alaska effect the Vice Presidency? No! Will the "Keating Five" affect how John MCcain would deal with Iraq? No!Will Reverend Wright or Professor Ayers help Barack Obama mend our economy? No!

    The "No's" have it: PLEASE Senators Obama and MCCain, PLEASE Governor Palin, PLEASE our elected officials, stop acting like children and do what the people who put you in your offices expect: LEADERSHIP AND SUBSTANCE IN THE FACE OF CRISIS.

    Anything else is not acceptable...

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Karma

    Payback for Palin. Spent all week spewing hate and innuendos at Obama. Now Palin is actually CONVICTED of abuse of power. “Is this someone who America can trust?” “Palling around with cronies” Ouch, karma baby!

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. IKE in Atlanta

    I am now really worried about John McCain. What was he thinking?
    SHE ABUSED A TRUSTED OFFICE!!!!!!!
    SHE VIOLATED THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE.
    VP????
    She needs to step down now.

    October 10, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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