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. Kenneth M.

    This is a shame. She was sitting up in her Queendome minding her business. Bossing the little people around, witch hunting, charging rape victims, killing mooses, and her come Little John dragging her into the day of light. Now she is exposed and he is dishonored. Sound a lot like Chaney and Bush. Exposed and Dishonored.

    October 11, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Alvin Swerve

    Palin is everything we have come to expect from the Bush administration: dishonest, corrupt, abusive, secretive, self-dealing, divisive, thoroughly incompetent, and just plain mean.

    October 11, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. jayeandvic

    Palin and McCain can spin this all they want, and their supporters will believe them, but I think Palin and her husband should be brought up on charges.
    And another thing – Palin and McCain and their hate filled, race baiting, terrorist and traitor filled rallies are beyone despicable. Why isn't anyone speaking out about this? McCain and Palin stir these crowds up to the max , preaching their hate and lies, then act all innocent when confronted.
    Why is the republican party allowing this to happen?
    Where has decency and truth gone??
    I will never vote for them!

    October 11, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Stacy Clarks, TX

    She is shameless!

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. dan - N.M.

    Whoop de doo. The two least qualified candidates in this race have the brightest futures: Obama, and Palin. They will both be around for a very long time – Palin even longer in the political eye, while greyed Obama is one day writing his Presidential memoirs. Sadly, the better qualified candidate – Hillary – will fade away. Her time came and went, in 2008.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. McCain for Pres.

    This is just another example of the democrats and Obama trying to discredit somebody who actually has accomplished something in her political career and for anybody with any common sense they will see through it as just dirty politics.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. No Story Here

    This report is not from the legislative panel – they did not vote to approve it or endorse it.

    I read the full report and it says that she did nothing wrong in firing Monaghan. It says that Todd Palin was wrong in trying to get the trooper Wooten fired (although it doesn’t show that he did anything but ask about the progress of the case and voice his concerns about what the trooper was doing).

    It then tries to say that Gov. Palin was in violation of the ethics law for being negligent in not stopping her husband. That finding is clearly at fault in two ways: (1) The ethics statute explicitly says “one cannot negligently or accidentally violate the law”, which is exactly what the investigator accuses her of doing and (2) the statute is specifically about using office in pursuit of personal gain, and goes on to list several examples of personal gain all of which are material in nature. Nowhere in the report does the investigator explain how the Governor would have gained from having Wooten fired.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. INDEPENDANT VET

    OK!!!

    WHEN ARE THEY GOING TO COME ON WITH THE SUPREME COURT CASE #08-CV-04083 AGAINST OBAMA .

    THAT PRETAINS TO HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE , AS SO FAR
    HE IS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE USA.

    SOME SAY FIVE YEARS FROM NOW . WELL NOTHING ANY MORE COMES AS A SUPRISE . JUST ANOTHER HOLLYWOOD COVER UP.

    NOW GET READY FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE STUFF. SOME ARE STOCK YARD TRACKS, OR END OF SEWER PIPE.
    REALLY SHOWS HOW EDUCATED SOME OUT THERE ARE..

    ACRON STYLE , DIG UP THE DEAD TO VOTE FOR THE TERROIST LOVER. 20 YRS AN COULD NOT GET UP AND WALK OUT. WRIGHT

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Jeni

    It appears Palin attemps to 'show them' using (abusing) her authority. Then she says she's right and didn't do anything wrong. This woman is pathetic and a pathological liar. Who believes ANYTHING she says??

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Lou-NH

    Perhaps governor Palin should read the report. She should be able to complete this simple task which represents the only skill she has displayed to date.

    This finding is consistent with her M.O. from her two terms as mayor. These findings were endorsed by a panel of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats. So enough of the political posturing.

    What is most disturbing about these findings is her total contempt for the rule of law, a founding principle, one which she promises to fix in Washington, when it applies to her.

    Pony up Sarah !!! Take your medicine ... apologize to the people of Alaska and move on ... you are done !!!

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. J. Farnsworth

    Conveniently vague and criminally misleading. Ms. Palin has a resourceful way of neglecting to recall; her ongoing affiliation with a "terrorist organization" bent on secession, her supporting a proposal to burn books, her affair, her further abuse of her office in utilizing private e-mail accounts for State business, and for that matter her recollection of anything pertinent to the issues at hand.
    The true grace and dignity in this race is the reluctance of Mr. Obama to return the volley and instead focus on the battle ahead.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Sue

    Sarah Palin must be impeached for her abuse of power – she is a disgrace and a Bush-Cheney clone.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Zonker

    Using political office for personal reasons. All she has to do now is shoot a hunting buddy in the face and the only difference between her and Dick Cheney would be lipstick.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Tired Of McCain/Palin

    So, a bipartisan committee composed of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats release a report documenting that Palin abused her power, and now the McCain camp says that it is a partisan committee made up of Obama supporters and Palin has the nerve to continue to say that she didn't abuse power. This campaign is a complete joke.

    October 11, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Shane

    It's not abuse of power or a violation of the law if you're a Republican. Haven't the last eight years taught us anything? Trust them, they know what they're doing, and they know what's best for us. They're keeping us safe. They care about us. The economy is strong. Our health care system is the best. They know how to get bin Laden. How could you NOTvote for these people?

    October 11, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Pam

    If she did nothing illegal or unethical, why did she refuse to talk to the investigators? Someone needs to tell Caribou Barbie that actions speak louder than words. Especially her words.

    October 11, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Dave from Gainesville

    I'll be very curious to see what (if any) traction this story gets with voters on the fence. On the one hand, it's a bad round of incoming for Team Crankypants–but on the other, who didn't already know that she'd at least abused her power? My good gracious, you can listen to the recorded telephone calls on YouTube and draw *that* conclusion.

    October 11, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Carlos

    It seems that truthfulness and integrity are only are traits that she requires from her opponent and not from herself.

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. facts are facts

    Atleast Dick Cheney will be proud of her you betcha!!!

    Now we will see if the rabid right still back Palin because with all her other negatives and now the truth is out on this only a raving lunatic would want someone of this ilk as their President.

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. Eddy

    I really dont care about the report findings. but the tone she set for their campaign from last weekend. She lead Americans against Americans. And the rage is clear out there. For a person running for a high office like she is i find it disastrously dangerous. That alone will now make me Vote for " that one". I have been a republican for a while now but i'm done. Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. jayeandvic

    West Virginia will love Palins visit. They'll wear their sheets and burn crosses at her rally. And she will probably bring her own sheet!

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Will Hansen

    Palin is vindictive, naive, and irresponsible !!

    The darn right Folksy figure is not fit to be president of the most powerful nation in the world. Can one compare her to Germnay's Angela Merkel, England's Margaret Thatcher, or Pakistan's late Benazir Bhutto? She would not be hired as an intern in their office.
    As she brags about her degree in journalism, I am shocked at her lack of world knowledge.

    She is the worst decision that McCain ever made. He looses my respect.

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. pa republican

    what have we become as a country....I feel this is the end of my party with what we have dont to the economy the corruption of conservatives through out the nation. Im so discourages we are supposed to be the party of faith and have moral, we have nothing now. Im voting for Obama/Biden ticket

    What have we become republicans

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Please America, let's be smarter this time around!

    So, now she is lying about lying?!? this woman is unbelievable! The report specifically says she did abuse her power by letting her husband put pressure on Monegan. Talk about ambition above country! They will say anything...

    Oh, and – "You got to read the report, sir"? Learn how to speak proper English you dim wit! You are not cute!

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Janet

    What goes round, comes around! So sorry Sarah, just keep spinning!

    Your days are numbered!!

    October 11, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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