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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soundoff (996 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    wow Barbie just doesn't GET IT does she? She abused her power by pursuing a vendetta.... personal gain... GET IT, BARBIE?

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Paul, NY

    Hahaha!!

    Game over!

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. indie for obama

    So now she is just going to lie to her supporters? I'm confused here.

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. gary

    She is a joke.I dont think the American people would really want this person representing them around the world.

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Mo

    Yes she did

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Milo Ippolito - Atlanta

    "You got to read the report, sir."

    We're reading it, Sarah.

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. bruce

    VP Palin = VP Cheney. Power & ego make strange bedfellows.

    October 11, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Governor Palin denies abusing her power when a bi-partisan legislative investigation says she did. Sounds like the bridge to nowhere all over again!

    October 11, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. fredrick

    sarah thanks for denying. I'm sure you husband will help you to sack people who offends any Rep. party members or everyone don't want you and Mcbush to bomb bomb Iran and won't talk to Spain. Also anyone who doesn't see Russia from you window will be sacked. Alaska politician.–corrupt and liars

    October 11, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Dem for unity

    Oh by the way. Palin also wants more power to the VP position. Scary.... Poeple are smart to this. But the scary thing is some poeple believe everything she says. I thought us americans would have learned 1st term of Bush. What was I thinking?

    October 11, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. CB8421

    Is the media going to really challenge her on this, or let her slide, like they haven't pushed her connections at her prior church?

    Fair and balanced is NOT what jouralism is supposed to be about. Report the facts - on both sides, regardless of how unpleasant they may be. Don't make it "tit for tat" or try and find something bad on one candidate because you find something bad on the other one. Report, and let the public decide. PERIOD. That's your job. Do it, please!

    October 11, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. tennisguypitt

    You lie about everything! Why should I believe you?

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. abraxis

    Can you say "Cheney is my daddy?"

    Power used for personal vendetta and personal gains is called dictatorial. Power used by someone who is intellectually below its ethical standard is call "W."

    October 11, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Gina

    Will Gov. Palin encourage the media to ask the hard questions about this report in the same way she is urging the media to ask the hard questions about Obama? Or will she continue with her divisive campaign rhetoric? I, for one, don't want "The First Dude" twisting any arms in the White House!

    October 11, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. lc in ohio

    Its a train Wreck, I cant look away

    October 11, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. New Day

    She's been saying that this investigation has been a witch hunt by Obama supporters. That's weird because I thought she was "down" with the witch hunting crowd. Couldn't she have asked Pastor Muthee to intervene on her behalf?

    October 11, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. BC

    This is one vicious and dangerous woman – she sins and sins and lies about it and smiles and winks. Anybody looking for the Anti-Christ, keep your eye on this woman...

    October 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. Lou Masciovecchio

    Anyone, especially a police officer, who tasers a ten-year-old, related or not, deserves to be fired from his job. In fact, he should serve a lot of time in jail for child abuse.

    October 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  19. Joel. VA

    This woman is scary. She is nothing but a bare-faced liar. Imagine abusing your power as Governer and we heard her in the debate wanting more power as Vice president..

    Who the hell is Sarah Palin!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Gena from Rochester

    Irrelevant claim of "nothing unlawful or unethical", Palin. Once motives were contributing factors to the firing, it is no longer "unethical." Perhaps someone should spell out for you the meaning of unethical. What she did is disgusting, and shameful. It is, unfortunately, another bullet point to the false claim of women's inability to run for office: they're overly emotional and at times irrational. What a shame. Thank you Palin for chipping away at what Hillary worked so hard to overcome.

    October 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  21. SD

    Whatever you say, Mrs. Cheney.....

    October 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. Johncal

    This person is a joke. Between her and her daddy John they would destroy this country. These two have taken us back to the McCarthy era. Are you now or have you ever met someone who may have done something wrong.? If so you are as guilty as they may be. You are ahead in the polls. That can't be. You must be a bad person. You must be a a bad guy. no one could be honest and do that. Lets rev up our crouds and make them rabid make them want to kill or lynch our opponent. To hell with america We want to win. Youbetcha.

    October 11, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Lee from FL

    now we know "who the real Sarah Palin is"

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Mike A.

    I doubt Sarah read the report. But i at least give McCain some credit for standing up for Obama in front of his wack-job crowds. The republican election machine has gotten way out of hand. Its scary how quickly things can turn hateful and violent.

    HOPE>FEAR

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. south central

    Well we finally know the truth. Just what we another possible VP
    that abuses her power!

    Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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