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. Frank in Pittsburgh

    She's the most mavericky maverick that ever mavericked a maverick. You go maverick.

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. Brenda

    A small part of me wants to clap my hands and laugh...after all, this woman has just been exposed as a lying hypocrit.
    The larger part of me wants to almost cry from the worry that this woman will become vice president. It could still happen...and she is inept as to be completely incompetent. How could Alaska reelect her in the future? Good Lord, it makes me worry about the future so much.
    On the upside (and yes, there is one), I have been more actively involved in this election than any in my lifetime. For this, I have Obama to be thankful for, and McCain/Palin to be thankful to.

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Dana from NY

    Hmmm... abuse of power...say it ain't so Sarah!
    The funny thing is all the Repugs are all over TV already spewing their talking points that this was a political witch hunt by the Obama supporting liberals... but just a reminder- this report was released by a BIPARTISAN committee (which means Republicans and Democrats).

    We just had 8 years of law manipulation and Abuse of Power and thats more than we could stand- so thanks to no thanks to Bush/Cheney in Lipstick!

    Obama/Biden 08!

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. voter from OH

    Palin is a racist, liar, broke ethics (law) & abuse power.
    doh, what you expect. not eligible for VP. yeah. go back to Alaska.
    run, don't come back. McCain was o.k before but palin is the one who spoiled him. She is not qualified.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Justin from St. Paul, MN

    i'd like to end all the mud throwing and hear some solutions to the problem.
    what drama, high school never ends.... isn't it true?

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. Tom

    Time for Palin exit, Lieberman enter.

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  7. Mary

    She didn't break the law in the firing of the Trooper and his unemployment claims were fine. So what law did she break? This is really stupid. She is found guilty because she didn't tell people to keep their mouths shut. Give me a break.....Maybe we should have these people who investigated Palin investigate Obama. Maybe then we will all learn the truth about him. Abuse of Power my butt

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Still Looking Forward

    I love it. I love it. I love it. Karma is something not to be messed around with. And go figure....some people will still vote for this ticket. Unbelievable. I am so happy I wasn't suckered in by the "Hockey Maverick"!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 10, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  9. USA needs leadership

    Her husband seemingly is the one who abused the Governor's office, and she did nothing to stop him. Sadly I think her political career is dead in the water. 14 politicians on the committee, 10 were Republican, hardly a Democratic conspiracy. USA needs to get behind Obama, and pull together for the good of everyone.

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  10. bigmike31313

    Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor

    1982: Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act
    2. 1987: Keating Five
    3. 1999: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
    4. 2000: Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which led to the rise of Credit Default Swaps

    ethics violations ethics violations ethics violations ethics violations

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  11. Sue/PA

    This is grounds for impeachment from her Gov Office. The lies always catch up, just like the lies are with McCain.

    Neither one is fit to lead

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. jeff - Dallas

    Based on what we have seen with her smear tactics in the short time that she has been in this campaign, the report comes as no surprise.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. MH

    Palin: Gocha!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. Patrick in Portland, OR

    Abused her power? Who cares? She abuses me on a daily basis just by making a mockery of our electoral system.

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. KayCal

    I can't believe McCain picked her. What was he thinking.

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  16. Paula

    I am amazed so many Americas think she is charming-she wants this more than anything and will walk over anybody to get it. she is already arguing with McCain about how to run a campaign. Folks, watch her body language and how she gauges the audience reaction. Cold, Cunning with a very fake affectation for her baby. She kisses him then looks at the audience. Watch her poor pregnant daughters face as she dutifully stands behind Mom who is oblivious that her daughter is very pregnant and very uncomfortable! She is just another prop so Mom will be rich and famous. I absolutely despise this woman.

    October 10, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  17. Karrie

    Who is the REAL Sarah Palin?

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  18. ba-Rock

    what goes around comes around. what goes up must come down

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  19. Sue in Alabama

    She abused her power? And who is surprised by this??

    McCain/Palin=Bush/Cheney

    Go Obama/Biden '08

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  20. Paul

    Five minutes and a season misconduct to the mavericky hockey mom for abuse of power. You betcha!

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Quick2822

    How will her supporters defend this one?

    Seems pretty hard for her to go attack Obama's character when she has been formally found as corrupt.

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. FL4OB

    Abuse of power?

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    Eight is enough!

    No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  23. Less concerned

    My heart is more at ease. A few months ago, I was fearing this election would be similar to 2000 and 2004 and would be voted so closely that we wouldn't know (or ever really believe) the results of the votes until weeks after Nov. 4'th.

    Now I think Obama will slide to a comfortable victory, and we can all go skipping down the yellow-brick-road.

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. Luke

    Wow, the McCain campaign has just completely imploded in the last couple of weeks. I can't believe I ever thought this election would be close.

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    SAY IT AINT SOOOO, GOV!!!!!!!
    SAY IT AINT SOOOO, GOV!!!!!!!
    SAY IT AINT SOOOO!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
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