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. AP

    Abuse of power is breaking the law. But more importantly, it's shattering the TRUST of the American people. And here I thought Palin was supposed to be the big expert on trust. LIAR!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Ki-Jana Carter

    OVER

    October 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. TCE

    Counrty first? How about ME FIRST. An ethics violation? Before she's even elected? Abuse of power? What kind of abuse will she incur with the kind of power a vice-president or president has? Not even should she be considered as representing our precious country, she should be banished to the far countryside of Alaska, where she can hunt all the animals she wants. But please, she should not be vice-president. MCCAIN, WHERE IS YOUR JUDGEMENT!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. LT for Obama

    Now let's see if they impeach her.

    Next, they need to move forward with the abuse of power violation in getting a fundraiser a job with the DOT.

    October 10, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Ki-Jana Carter

    GAME OVER

    October 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Joi

    And you really want this woman in the White House?
    The McCain/Palin ticket aren't "mavericks" they are loose cannons.

    Obama/Biden '08 and '12

    October 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Veteran for change

    I can't believe Faux news. They are hailing Palin for doing everything she could to protect her family and the people of Alaska by getting the trooper fired. Unbelievable. This woman lied openly about her involvement, and her husband had unprecedented access to her administration.

    Anyway, Obama/Biden 08!

    October 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Perusing-Through

    This was a 'bipartisan' led legislature that agreed to put forth this report acknowledging that Sarah Palin DID USE HER POWERS "ABUSIVELY" TO FIRE THE POLICE COMMISSIONER BECAUSE HE WOULD NOT FIRE PALIN'S BROTHER-IN-LAW!!!

    * * * IMPORTANT * * *
    JAMES DOBSON'S "FOCUS ON THE FAMILY" LAWYERS WERE PERSONALLY SENT BY DOBSON TO ALASKA TO BLOCK THIS REPORT!!! Evangelicals have proven their "Hypocrisy" again!!

    GOD Bless America!
    GOD Bless the Leadership of Obama-Biden!

    October 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. DSW

    If this wasn't so scary it would be incredibly funny!
    The world must be laughing their butts off – except this women may be our VP in a few months!
    WAKE UP PEOPLE – time to bring honor and respect back to the WH!

    October 10, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Jen

    I think that she is McCains biggest adversary. She will take all of Cheneys recent changes and she will do mutiny on McCain with her and first dude. She is uninformed but shwerd and dangerous enough. They are contemplating overturning laws and imposing 17 century views on everyone.

    She will be shooting pets from a helicopter citing menaces who are eating children!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  11. SD

    OK PEOPLE............HERE"S A HINT AS TO WHAT THIS LADY WILL BE LIKE IF SHE"S EVER THE PRESIDENT..........

    TOO BAD WE DIDN"T HAVE THIS KIND OF GOOD INFO. ABOUT GEORGE BUSH BEFORE NOV. 2000

    PALIN WILL MAKE GEORGE BUSH'S CRIMES SEEM LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN MISSING COOKIES FROM A COOKIE JAR.

    GET SMART..........RUN LIKE HELL FROM THE REPUBS THIS TIME!

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. LH

    This is the same woman that would petition to get even more executive power as the vice president should she get in to the white house...that's scarieir than any halloween trick. She is a power hungry woman with little to no brains... just what the US does not need at a time of crisis. Just more of the same -cover up, lies, ignoring subpeanas, sounds like the Bush campaign/team ala Rove.
    Obama/Biden all the way!!!!!.

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  13. Olivia

    We all know that the people doing the investigation are obama supporters, but no one is saying that here. Just once, I'd like to hear some fair commentary...the outcome was never in doubt.
    Let's talk about secretary of state Brunner of Ohio instead, charged with something more serious than Palin.......somthing that will affect the fairness of our upcoming election in a criminal way...and Acorn.....let's talk about that instead. Instead, we don't seem to care too much for an on the job drinking trooper who tased a child and threatened people. He confessed to most of it.

    Mothers against drunken drivers...let's hear it from you.

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  14. Gary in OK

    Cannot wait to watch or read how she will blame this on Sen. Obama.
    It is time for the " no straight talk" bus to limp her home to Alaska. Then the people there should remove her from office and eliminate her forever from any political office. Even if she could return to her old job of a sports reporter, could anyone believe the scores of the games.

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  15. Randall in Texas

    A Republican abusing power is nothing new. Its what got this country in the shape that its in economicly. It shows that if McCain and Palin are elected then it will be just more of the same.

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  16. cherri nc

    i knew it she is the type mccain and palin are going around questioning obama's judgement right back at you palin liar liar
    pants on fire disgusting

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  17. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    McCain/Palin – Dangerous

    October 10, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  18. EJ (USA)

    Do we get to find out the details of FakedPregnancyGate now?

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    anyone that tries to deffend her actions, by saying, "it was done out of fear for her family and in an attempt to protect them." i say, what ever, tell me how firing someone protects your family?

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  20. Marie

    Well well well now the pitbull shows exactlly who she is.Just how much more do her or should I say need to know about her.Her is a woman that just said TODAY that she has nothing to hide.The audacity to call Obama a liar.At least he never admitted not knowing Ayers,or Rezko.She and Mccain along with Cindy stood their this week and smirked when McCains supporters telled out kill em and treasonHe knew exactly what he was doing and it is called hate bating.Do you hear Obama's supporters saying such despicable things.Do McCain realize that they can draw danger to themselves at their own rallies?It is indeed a sad time in america that the only way you can get to know a person is by what you hear lies smears.My parents taught me to judge people the way they treat you and guess what if you hate Obama it is not because you don't know him because you don't want to know him but it's because you feel he is different and after all these years you just still can't let it go.It' sad to know there are and probably will always be people that judge a person because of their race or religion but living that type of life is got to be sad because how different does that make them

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  21. RICH SANCHEZ

    MC-SAME, MC-SAME, MC-SAME.....IF YOU HAD PICK A QUALIFIED PERSON SUCH AS MITT ROMMNY, YOU WOULD HAVE ACTUALLY WON, BUT NOW, NOT EVEN IF PIGS FLY...OR PIT BULLS WITH LIPSTICKS.

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. Bucky

    No surprise,this is why they took to the dark and evil hate speeches to try and deflect what they knew was coming.Remember Todd was like the lead investigator in this, so hers your sign. He had no right to be involved the way he was on official governmant business and had full access.The Palins have been abusing power for quite some time now in Alaska.Nice vetting McCain.You have ruined your party McCain and they should dishonourably discharge you fro the party.

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Sad_for the USA

    if this doesnt jump start the americans in to reality and get their act together, we will have another bush and cheney in the White House. looks like Palin is a perfect replacement for the rumsfields and cheneys of this admin. america is crumbling in the eyes of the world.

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. george

    Guess I'm voting option "C." None of the above. There is another candidate(s).

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. Grandma for O

    However they didn't recommend any investigation or prosecution. Thanks for the report guys.

    Typical government response. Break the law, we'll let you know in a report.

    October 10, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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