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. chuckt1169469

    and she continues to lie.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. John in Iowa

    This is ridiculous!! We're about ready to vote President Bush into office again!! He's the master at abusing power! I thought that our nation was tired of being lied to and taken advantage of!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Al Mellen

    This is yet another one of McCains poor choices,,,,,,,one of many. With all of the problems this country is dealing with,,,,,America does not need TWO LOOSE CANNONS running our nation. Go back to Alaska and shoot another moose Sarah. Senator McCain,,,,,,you also should go back home.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Joe

    SHE IS A LIAR! she hasn't told the truth about ANYTHING this campaign.

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. moh germany

    here we are,and this woman you want to trust???MCPALIN enougth is enougth

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Dave

    Palin's desire to expand the VPs powers, given this abuse of power finding is one of the most alarming issues raised thus far...

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    Im Not Surprised That She Would Abuse The Power Given To Her And Then Lie About It! I Hope That Man You Fired Sues You!

    October 11, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Byron in Cincinnati, OH

    Still doesn't changed the facts. This woman is a pathological liar and she will never be VP. Plain and Simple! Go back to Alaska!

    October 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Is this news? Of course Palin is going to deny these charges. Palin is a cheap and uninteresting version of Dick Cheney, and this is perhaps an insult to Cheney!

    I am done with the McCain-Palin camp. I am proudly voting for OBAMA-BIDEN. I am very ready for early voting in Tennessee.

    October 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. David in Wisconsin

    She clearly violated the executive ethics act, and then she lied about it.

    October 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Canuck

    Deny, Deny, Deny. A republican strategy.

    October 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Linda, NC

    You are a joke Palin. Remember that people are watching you... any person that wants to live in a country where good justice prevails will surely think twice before voting for you!

    October 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. 82 yr Old Man who is not easily Fooled

    . . . Sara Palin reminds me of the old black and white Nazi-Fascist
    movies of the 1940's.

    October 11, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. Elvin Drood

    Someone please remind me never to marry one of Sarah Palin's sisters.

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. marc

    We did read the report dumb dumb. It says you were unethical in that you abused your power. Now you go read the report!

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. aleco-NOKOMIS,FL

    DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BEWEEN BUSH AND PALIN---–LIP STICK

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. AJP Richardsojn, TX

    Palin is your typical Republican.

    They will do anything possible to skirt the law.

    America needs to realize this is the reason America is in the shape it is in.

    The Republicans cares for no one except the fat cats.

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Wailin' Palin

    I can't stand this woman anymore, she's way out of her league. I think her head is on a bridge to nowhere.

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Neal

    The great thing about being stupid:
    A. You believe your own lies.
    B. You don't have to worry too much what others folks think, because you can't anyway.
    So you can just be corrupt and not care.

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. mayah

    Americans have the right under the constitution to remove this EVIL from governing over the people.. take the time to read the full constitution, it is always good to educate yourselves .... this is the LAW OF THE LAND..

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Michigan Independent

    Sounds like SHE needs to read the report!

    October 11, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Alan

    By the letter of the law, Palin is innocent. The facts, however, are a clear illustration of the Bush/Cheney-style leadership anyone voting for McCain/Palin will bring to the country.

    It's just more of the same again and again.

    Please, voters - the "intellectual" conservatives see reality and the numbers are great - but don't let that lure you into a sense of false security. GET OUT THE VOTE.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Sashka Yakimova

    Sarah Palin is a criminal!

    October 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. McCain=the draft

    Deny! Deny! Deny! NO SURPRISE!
    We're smarter than that Palin!

    October 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. AZVoter

    “No, and if you read the read the report you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member,"

    She really knows how to thread the needle of truth. The report didn't say it was unethical to fire the guy, but that it was unethical to pressure him before she fired him.

    October 11, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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