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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  1. Colin

    Abuse of Power......are we ready to allow this in the white house again?

    October 10, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Jeff, Texas

    "abused her power as Alaska's governor".....

    And yet she is the nominee for VICE PRESDIENT OF THE US???

    Unbelievable!!

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. Brock Landers

    SOUNDS LIKE A BUSHIE TO ME... SO WITH THAT IM GOING TO SAY THANKS BUT NO THANKS TO SARAH PALIN....IM VOTING FOR THAT ONE–OBAMA!!!

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Jose

    Not surprised at all. Palin has no shame. If there is any justice in this world you and McCain will pay dearly with ruined careers.

    Obama 08

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. ruty

    I guess thats about par for a make believe maverick. I can't believe the people of Alaska are so ill informed and uneducated to have voted for the dewitched gov. Oh, by the way, I am a Republican but am voting for Obama. I am sick of the Republican arrogance and dirty politics. John McCain is a phony. I don't believe any thing he says.

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Carlisle Barracks, PA Soldier

    Ladies and Gentleman, so here we have a woman who obviously is willing to use and abuse her political power to carry out personal vendettas. So obviously her lack of professionalism is in the open for all to see.

    Obama 08

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. Katy

    Now, Who's the terrorist?

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. Nick

    Way to go. Good choice, Johnny.

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. abuse of power

    this is a lady that mccain want as a vice president.

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. JB

    Finally....abuse of power to go with Keating McCain's poor judgement....the walls continue to crumble.....Oh Sarah...will you continue to point fingers now?

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Molly

    So it's safe to say Sarah Palin is just another corupt Alaska Republican? Ahhh...this is pretty funny as we rap up what has been a very negative week lead by her...haha...loser!

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. RO

    Time to quit Sarah.

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. andno

    I think America has moved on. People don't care about Palin's past abuse of power. They care about her inability to speak about the issues with any semblance of coherence.

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Holly from Minnesota

    Isn't "power abuse" something she's supposedly taken on as a ravin' maverick? Or does "taking on" mean "committing?"

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Chris

    Naughty Naughty Sarah! Liar Liar Pants On Fire

    Also, way to go trying to release a bogus report clearing her of wrongdoing. What an utterly lame ploy by the McCain campaign that NO ONE FELL FOR. The McCain campaign is now flaiing like a fish out of water.

    October 10, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Ray from CA

    I thought aubsing her power is against the laws?

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Arizonan

    McCain won't recover from this and his other problems. This shows she abused her power. This will not sit well with an electorate already tired of our president who has spent his time abusing the power of his office.

    Run out the race, McCain. Do it with dignity.

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. Brandi

    All we need is another Vice President who abuses power...thanks, but no thanks

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. S. Boatman

    * G * U * I * L * T * Y * . . . . . . THIS DISQUALIFIES YOU IN MY OPINION!

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. Joy

    Uh-Oh!!!! Abused power. Didn't she accuse OB over ambition. Pot – Kettle

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. confused?

    How can she abuse her powers but it's not violating the law? Someone please explain.

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. John

    Awesome. Another Cheney. Dark Vader Part 2

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. Jason

    Drop her McCain. It is the right thing to do – she abused her power. We don't need any more of that in the White House - we can't afford it. You need to put country first. Drop her McCain.

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. CMC

    So now it is time for her to step down as a VP candidate....she should not be allowed to run.

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  25. Ian Rennie

    so, what powers will she abuse as vice president?

    October 10, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
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