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.

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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. Dealt

    Oops... If she's prone to abusing power how much further will she go if she gets more power?

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  2. Brian NYC

    She fired him cause the kid got sparked with the stun gun. Whatever. She already made herself into a fool. She will lose her re-election bid and we will look back and laugh at all the SNL skits because thats who she really is.

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  3. Carlisle Barracks, PA servicemember

    So once again it would seem that Good ole instigator Sarah got away with abusing her power. She's shown her ability to be a female Cheney. You go girl!!

    Obama 08

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. Florida Has Always Been For Obama

    I am starting to feel bad for McCain. I think he allowed his campaign to be hijacked by the ridiculous right wing element of his party. Now the chickens are coming home to roost – goodbye Republican party. See you in ten years or so...

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Jeff

    And she wants to be VP? Hell no!

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. GRANNY OF 5

    I knew she was guilty. This woman makes my blood boil! she claims to be a christian... She lies, cheats and steals in my eyes. She has been on her little stump spewing lies about Obama and I just can't believe the American people can believe such nonsense. You would think they were a bunch of brainless idiots. I will be so glad when she packs up her moose bones and goes back to Alaska and is never heard from again. I have never seen such meaness in my entire life it's just unbelievable. Now we find out she did...Well Mrs. Palin who is the lier and evil doer now....would it be YOU !!!!

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Informed Voter

    Do we really want another Cheney in the WH?????

    Say No to CRONYISM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. BC

    Well, I'm glas she only 'abused her power'. It would be a shame for her to have to finish her campaign for vice president of the United States of America from an Alaskan jail cell. This is so sick – she is a dangerous and vicious person. No real Christian could ever support such an individual. She sins over and over again and lies about it and winks and smiles. Those looking for the anti-christ, keep your eye on this woman...

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Cindy for NC

    So basically she abused her power and but broke no laws.

    Hmmm....... Yeah she was a hellva pick – CHENY...

    October 10, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Brandon (Wilmington, NC)

    Who cares? We've known all along it was personal. Either way, McCain and Palin are done. Stick a fork in it and call it a day. This Republican is voting Obama in November!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Wendy in NC

    Really...after all we've seen the last six weeks, is anyone surpised with this ruling?

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. probama in paradise

    Abuse of power should be enough to peel the scales off the eyes of the American voters...at least I hope and pray!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  13. Bs

    Governor is still insisting that signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars should be immiment.

    Hopefully, McCain,72, will retire now.

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Krissy

    Palin has the "integrity" of Dick Cheney, but not half of the intelligence. I don't know if that is less scary, or more!

    I am so fed up with "Abuses of Power"!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  15. Mel in GA

    SCANDALOUS

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Jesus Praising, Freedom Loving American Patriot

    THAT's ALL WE NEED! Another VP who abuses power!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  17. J.D.

    Today, at a townhall meeting, McCain was forced to defend Obama from fanatical questioners. McCain said that Obama was a decent family man. I BEG someone to create a TV ad which starts with Palin ominously asking "who is the real Obama" as she did several days ago and them immediately shows McCain explaining that he is a decent family man, and then the narrator says: "Is John McCain's mavericky running mate getting too mavericky even for John McCain?"

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  18. EBZ

    so the backlash should be? Abusing power as a govenor ...using her office to settle family scores...what will she do as VP?

    And she asks us if we know Obama?

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  19. Chris from STL

    What kind of ruling is this? She abused the power, but did not break the law .... isn't 'abuse of power' illegal!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  20. Coleman R. Brice

    Surprise, surprise..

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. voter

    ha. So much for Palin being a reformer. When will she leave the ticket?

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  22. S. Boatman

    SHE IS A PROVEN ABUSER OF POWER!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. REPUB OF LA.

    god bless Palin and win win win -u rock girl!!

    October 10, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Mercedes

    This is very bad. Imagine if she does become our next VP and finally our President she would also abuse her power. Very Very UGLY!!!!

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. dustin

    so if she abused power as a gov. imagine what kind of damage she could do being the vice president

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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