October 11th, 2008
09:09 AM ET
6 years ago

Palin denies abusing power in trooper case

Palin made her first comments Saturday since the ethics report was released.
Palin made her first comments Saturday since the ethics report was released.

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Sarah Palin on Saturday denied abusing her power or violating state law in the dismissal of Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, putting her at odds with the findings of a state ethics report that determined she did abuse her power as governor.

As the Republican vice presidential nominee departed her Pittsburgh hotel on Saturday morning, a reporter asked Palin if she abused her power in firing Monegan, which was the conclusion of the state investigator's report released late Friday.

“No, and if you read the read the report you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member," Palin responded before boarding her campaign bus. "You got to read the report, sir."

View the full report (pdf)

Palin had the authority to fire Monegan, but the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower concluded that she abused her power as Alaska's governor and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law, Mike Wooten, fired from the state police.

"Gov. 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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  1. Patrick

    Well, well. Sarah Palin abused her power huh. Well I think that she has some explaining to do to the American people. She obviously agrees with how Bush/Cheney have abused their power, and it is obvious that, if elected, she would be a continuation of that abuse. I am outraged that she is not being asked any questions by anyone. Why is she allowed to duck the media? Why is she launching negative attacks @ Senator Obama about something that he has explained over and over again. Also, Senator Obama regularly is interviewed by all times of reporters both liberal and conservative. I wonder if the McCain/Palin campaign believes that just because they say that the investigation of Palin was led by a partisian committee, when ALL the reports are to the contrary? I think that Sarah Palin will only grant "conservative" news stations like Fox News any interviews. Republicans don't want her abusive, bigotted, uneducated mind to be exsposed. She started the rage that we've all been horrified about at the Republican rallies. She is no doubt a person who is not being truthful with the American people, and also she is clearly the face of bigotry.

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. rh

    I am a 57 year old southern white man. Born again Christian. Vietnam veternan. Professional. I have absolutely had enough! I voted early in the Georgia election process. My vote was for Obama. I have convinced three of my friends to switch over as well.

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Apples for sale

    Hate speech doesnt sell as well as it used to,thanks to Carl Rove,who made a career out of it.

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Ping

    Palin did what within her power. Like Bush, when he invaded Iraq, he did what within his power. The question is: Does doing things within power always make them right ?

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. jojo-in-uk

    The racist lipstick on a pig, has been rubbed off. The mask has been lifted. The light has shone in the dark. Your integrity is a sham. You are not qualified to handle power. Too immature. You csatigate a man of integrity, and now you have been tarred by the same brush on the backswing.
    Your campaign is finished. Go home!!!America is greater than you and all your failed policies. 'That One' has beaten you.

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Ryan

    Palin, you need to stop lying! Bottom line, you're a friggin hypocrite

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Boomer

    She can deny it until she's blue in the face, but she has been found guilty. Another nail in Mcpalin's political coffin!

    October 11, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Garp

    »VOTE WISELY! VOTE on a TRUE American!=VOTE on John MCCAIN! Of course.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. New Yorker

    So, it depends on who you believe, and considering the investigation was led by a bunch of democrats eager to discredit her I don't believe it.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. CM from Miami

    As governor she permitted a situation to continue which advanced a personal agenda. Either Palin did not read the report, or she truly believes there is nothing unethical with what she did... And that's all we need, another VP who is completely void of ethics!

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Chris Mannoia

    Wonderful; now she denies and discounts he state officials. Now is there any doubt about what ticket is our best hope?

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Frank in Deerfield, IL.

    Maybe she should have winked more during that time.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. Thomas

    What the governor is not understanding is that in matters of ethics even the perception of unethical behavior is bad.

    If Palin understood this, she would have recused herself from the decisions.

    As she is finding out, this is a serious lapse of executive judgement.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. shay

    So, this is how a MAVERICK governs. She is honestly just a "good old boy" in a dress. She is your typical politician but wants to say that somehow she is different. Me think not! More of the same.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Dave, Houston, TX

    If she abused power that much in a small, remote state, imagine how much she will abuse it when you have all the tools Dick Cheney has usurped for the Vice President!

    And, by the way, Sarah, put your hair back up. I've always preferred women with their hair down, but you are the first that I thought actually looks better with her hair up.

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Carreen

    There is nothing surprising in this finding. It's been obvious to most of us that Palin is more like Bush than Bush is. She considers her office to be a privilege and not a responsibility and she and her husband (what is he doing making phone calls from her office, anyway?) are using Alaska as their personal vendetta machine and playground, and we need to send them back there. We've had eight years of cowboy politics and we cannot afford another four.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. heather

    she's a joke. she abuses the power of her office. she gives todd too much access to govermnent information and staff. SHE pals around with anti-American fractions. she kills wolves from the air. she "hid" her pregnancy for eight months. she touts family values while her own family is a trainwreck. she can barely speak the English language. she does not know her supreme court cases. SHE's the one who takes hundreds of thousands in earmarks. she has NO foreign policy experience. she's only traveled out of the U.S. once. she goes to a church where they "talk" in tongues. she was blessed and ushered into the governor's office by a witch doctor. she is not fit to be a government official. she is certainly not fit to be vice president.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Randy

    Sarah Palin and her family remind me of contestants on the Jerry Spriner Show. Evangelical trailer trash is probably a better description.
    Of course she and her husband used the office of the governor unethically and she would do the same thing a as VP, simply because she doesn't know any better. Her presence on the American political stage sponsored by RNC is an insult to Americans everywhere and is one of the most cynical and unpatriotic acts since they gave us George W Bush by stealing two election. The American public has learned its lesson and can see here for what she and the RNC are – corrupt.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. jojo-in-uk

    The lipstick that hid your racist inclinations , has been rubbed off. The mask has been lifted. The light has shone in the dark. Your integrity is a sham. You are not qualified to handle power. Too immature. You castigate a man of integrity, and now you have been tarred by the same brush on the backswing.
    Your campaign is finished. Go home!!!America is greater than you and all your failed policies. 'That One' has beaten you.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Don't come back to NC again – liars are not welcome.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  21. Alice Wu

    I read the report and Sarah Palin was clearly at fault. She could be acting legally but she is not worthy of trust.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  22. She isn't qualified to run the PTA let alone be PTOS

    nothing unethical sarah? did you read the report?......oh wait, right right, you don't read anything. i forgot.

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. Here comes the landslide

    Sarah,we read the report and we know that you broke alaskan law!
    You can not spin this,you are a dishonest,hypicritical person.Hey McCain,can you hear the straight talk express coming to a screetching halt?

    October 11, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Pj

    Of course she has the authority to fire someone, but the MAIN point is that she and her husband used that authority to pursue a personal agenda. It seems she and first dude don't know how to keep their personal lives out of Alaskan governance.

    October 11, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. The Cosmos Rocks

    »Sarah Palin=LOVELY,Clever,Wonderful,very CAPABLE Lady Politician=Our next Vice-President. YES!!

    October 11, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
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