October 10th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
6 years ago

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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soundoff (1,073 Responses)
  1. Ryan in Michigan

    October.... surprise? not really... but thanks for the info! it's now official, Cheney in a skirt.

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Bob Stephens

    Just like Bush, another criminal trying to get in the White House. McCain sure can pick the whack jobs........

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Different Kind of SARAH

    So, she doesn't just TALK like a bully, she GOVERNS like one, too!

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Eric

    An abuse of power. I guess Palin isn't that different the George W Bush. Maybe we should start calling her Mrs. W.

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Franky

    Ohhh yeah, you gotta love power. There's nothing like it...

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. IndependentThinker

    ok enough said
    lock her up now and throw her in jail

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. sabrina01

    this is what they don't want tou to know keating five ...trooper gate

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

    Don't get on the bad side of the Barracuda.
    Question...How can she abuse her power but not break the law?
    Maybe they need clearer laws.

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Murry

    Hmm, look who's putting ambition above country now

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

    More of the same! This report proves that we will be getting a candidate with a personal philosophy of "anything goes".

    Frankly after the past eight years of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, and Gonzalez, I am tired.

    Enough is enough Go Obama/Biden 08!

    October 10, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  11. BOOTSTOMPER

    Gee what a outstanding public servant. What a great Vice president she would make, just like her hero Dick Cheney.

    October 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Patrick

    And this woman wants to be Vice President?

    October 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Dave

    No surprise! She's not a trustworthy candidate and not ready for national office. This time... please vote with your mind and not your heart. The country can't stand four more years of Republican "leadership".

    October 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  14. Nick

    They forgot to mention that she is also guilty of insulting our intelligence.

    October 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. Dave G

    McCain is the oldest candidate nominated, and he's had 4 bouts with Cancer. As president, Palin will have her finger on the bomb, so any pattern of vengeance or retribution really scares me...

    October 10, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. Ron was a REP now a DEM

    More distrust in Washington.

    The Mayor of Detroit got a JAIL msentance for his abuse of power where is the double standard

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. dustin

    So she lied by saying it didn't have anything to do with wanting to fire her ex brother in law, right?

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  18. Coby

    See! Palin makes executive decisions!

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. Virginia Voter

    Somehow I don't think this is the October surprise McCain/Palin were hoping for.......

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Eric

    It's over. Pack it up Palin.

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. FL Voter

    Oh sure!! A VP can abuse power from the U.S. Government! No big deal!!

    Abusing power. Hmm....this sounds like nothing more than an IMPERIALST. Palin who are you trying to fool?

    ITS OVER! OBAMA 08

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  22. Ron L

    I don't know about the rest of you but I am not SURPRISED. How and WHY would you think someone who uses the term PITBULL with LIPSTICK would not abuse their authority!!!
    The BIG problem with Governor Palin is ..she's just not that smart. No, offense it's just the truth. That is the reason the McCain campaign will not ALLOW her to do ANY more interviews without Senator McCain at her side?? Because she is not qualified and you can REALLY tell it when you ask her questions that require answers other than remembered talking points.
    I ask you members of the Republican party..Do you REALLY want this type of person in the White House!! The last person we elected that was of average intelligence was....
    George W Bush and look at the mess the world is in from that election!!

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  23. gee golly

    Abuse of Power hopefully nothing happens to Mcain if he becomes
    POTUS and lets the Pittbull run things George Bush
    would be looked at as a great President

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  24. Mike, Portland, Or.

    Shhhhh.....be quiet.......listen for a moment.....

    if you're really quiet........you can actually HEAR the moment the McCain/Palin ticket collapsed,.........

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. THE 2008 REPTILIAN TICKET IS MCKEATING5 WHO TOOK 112K IN OFFICE AND AN ALASKAN GOV. THAT ABUSES THE POWER OF OFFICE. DOES AMERICA REALLY NEED TWO MORE CROOKED REPTILES IN THE HIGHEST OFFICES IN THE LAND? YOU DECIDE!

    Miss Alaskan Anal Sphincter 2008, quilty abusing her power and then lying about it?

    Aren't those the basic qualifications to be a reptile in the reptilian cult?

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
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