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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soundoff (1,073 Responses)
  1. Tired of McCain/Palin Negativity

    This woman and her husband has caused a honorable man to lose his job... How dishonorable is she and can't be trusted. I hope Monegan sue the hell out of her and leave her jobless just like she did him.

    October 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. aware

    From what I have read of the trooper who tazed his step-son and threatened people with harm, he should have been fired! There is something wrong with this picture?

    Don't celebrate yet Obama supporters and don't get me started on the obfucating Obama's lies! :(

    October 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. ohio

    she spreads hate like flue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. Brant, TX

    This demonstrates one of two things... either she is corrupt and can no longer pretend to be morally superior, or she is a political novice. I believe it's a combination of the two.

    October 10, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Larry

    There is only one thing left to do.Step down Sarah !!! Why did Todd Palin have unlimited access and power in this government business.They both grossly abused their power.Bye bye

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Leah,Texas

    Article has been updated... and the investigation did find that she broke the law.

    There are two separate issues:

    1) She is not break the law in firing the commissioner.

    2) She DID break the law by 'abusing her powers'.

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Tim

    What do McCain and Palin have in common? They have both been admonished for ethics violations. Obama/Biden cannot say the same..

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. From the North

    Gee. What a surprise. Not.

    Slimy and Crimy at the head of the US. Again. Will people never learn?

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. j. williams

    obama acorn obama rezko obama ayers obama wright obama fhleger obama farakan obama franklin raines obama socialism obama daley obama ...NO NO NO OBAMA

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. aware

    From what I have read of the trooper who tazed his step-son and threatened people with harm, he should have been fired! There is something wrong with this picture?

    Don't celebrate yet Obama supporters and don't get me started on the obfuscating Obama's lies! :(

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. MarioB. from Berlin for OBAMA/BIDEN

    OH YEAH :D:D:D:D THIS IS A GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD DAY :D
    AND I LOVE IT!!!
    THIS IS THE END OF THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR MCPALIN :D:D:D
    hahahaha :)

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. AL+

    I'M SURE THAT SHE FIRED THE COMMISH,BECAUSE SOME HOW IT WAS OBAMAS FAULT BECAUSE HE HUNG OUT WITH BILL AYERS. DUMMY

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. Tom

    An abuse of power politician. So she would be a perfect one for a GOP spot in the Executive Branch.

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Mel

    In light of what an obvious dunce this woman is, her abuse of power seems relatively minor.

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  15. Zoe - Redlands, CA

    Can someone please explain what the ramifications of this might be for Palin, and for McCain's campaign? Doesn't that seem like an obvious part of the story that's been completely left out??

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    NOW SHE CAN GO BACK TO HER CAT ALLEY.

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  17. Raymond

    Palin needs to be replaced immediately as the Vice-President nominee. This will destroy the base and what is left of McCain's chances! Its OVER!

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Kim J

    So is it OK to break the law if you don't get caught? Last I heard it was illegal to smoke pot and do a little blow. I think it is also against the law to participate in voter registration fraud. I'd rather have Palin in office, than someone who is prone to addiction.

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  19. ohio

    What goes around comes around Palin you are a liar and, taking shoots at People or Obama always fires back on you guys.

    October 10, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  20. democrat in az

    you betcha!!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  21. michelle

    To all the Americans, if you want another Cheney, Palin is your woman.

    October 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Zion

    Hey Palin, who's palling around now?

    This message is approved by Republicans who were always smart enough to endorse Obama instead of the hate mongers.

    October 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  23. gwen

    No way I don't believe it!!! LOL Of course she abused her power she is a freaking right wing, power freak "my friends". They will spin it as she had to do what she had to do because she is a "maverick" and all the idiot Joe Six Packs will rally behind her law breaking butt. figures.

    October 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  24. bula bula

    What is Dick Morris talking about on Faux news

    October 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. Oregon4Obama

    Ooooooohhhhh tough break

    I'll betcha this will be a great talking point for the remainder of the election.......

    Mccain can talk about Ayers, a man who is a professor in Chicago, named man of the year in Chicago and helps to raise money for schools, and who 30+ years ago radically opposed the vietnam war and protested in the wrong way........

    But now Obama can talk about what mccain did see in her when he selected her to be VP......he saw someone who had as loose of morals as him......two peas in a pod.....oh wait three McBush-Palin.....

    Palin, everyday we hear something even more disturbing than the previous day when your past is brought up.......

    October 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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