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.
YOU'VE got to read the report, ma'am. It says that she did abuse power in the campaign to pressure Monegan to fire Wooten.
Even though as governor she was allowed to fire Monegan, it cited a violation of a state ethics statute. It was illegal to put a subordinate in the position of deciding between illegally carrying out her vendetta and risking his job BECAUSE she had such power to fire him.
Nice to see proper grammar from a potential VP...
"Got to read the report sir"....you betcha' he does! Most of us have, and it seems she violated state ethics laws.
She violated public trust, according to the report. Given her behavior, she is in no position to question other people's credibility. Thanks, but no thanks, Palin.
More lies once again from Palin. She should be thrown in Jail.
Palin is now conducting a defense based in denial to win a reprieve from judgment in the court of public opinion. This woman is transparently corrupt and no amount of lying in behalf of herself is going to redeem her not too carefully crafted image as the hockey mom. She is already known for what she is. Palin has now been fully and openly vetted for the office she proposes to win in election. The picture that emerges is that of a person whose lack of qualification has been offset by her hard driving ruthlessness to achieve political power to overachieve into her current role as governor. Palin serves herself and not the public. She is not what this nation needs in the White House.
Politics as usual. Don't let the power go to your head, Sarah. Oops...too late.
--does she really think americans are stupid as she is??!!!
IF I WERE TO BE INVITED TO DINNER AT THE PALIN'S, I THINK I WOULD BRING A FOOD TASTER WITH ME.
So is that how it works now when the truth comes out about you? You just deny it? Maybe OJ should have tried that when the jury found him guilty... just deny it!
This woman is unreal. What is it going to take for republicans to re-evaluate their votes? Honestly. Just stick your heads in the sand and see what happens when the election is over I suppose.
Leave her alone, get Obama's 32 crooked lawyers out of Alaska.
Lets dig more intoObama's ACORN GROUP and put their butts in jail.
I would have suggested to her that she read the report. Since it clearly states that while Alaska law permits the Gov to fire any department head for any reason, it also states that trying to fire Wooten was the abuse of power. As was violating the trust the Alaskan people had in her to follow the ethics of the state.
Duh, what else would she say?
Maybe this will make the McCain camp think about questioning someone's character. Go down Sarah!!!
Sounds like someone that is going to "shake up Washington"
Sounds more like more of the same.
although the report says nothing 'unlawful' happened it still gives me an insight into how she views so-called power when in her hands, we've had 8 years of government abuse of powers .
Palin is being investigated for too many issues...Ethics, Taxes, Alaska Independence, Highestest Gas Prices in the nation for Alaskans, Affairs, Other issues. Just like another day in the Bush-Cheney White House.
John McCain made a huge mistake and has sold his soul to win this election. He cannot win it now and probably never could. Sarah Palan is a vastly inferior candidate. John McCain is basically a decent man but has allowed the Republican base to run his campaign. Sorry John....bye, bye.
Who cares either way? All she is doing now is holding rallies in areas with strong GOP turnout...wipping the partisian crowd into a frenzy of hate with pure propoganda...she'll be wipping them into a frenzy at the airport on her way back to Alaska come Nov. 5...and towards a future of being an answer to a trivia question thirty years from now...
She cost John McCain any chance of being elected–he did it, he picked her, she proved why the whole thing was a gamble–and a total farce...and now a total loss. She is irrelevant. Turn her off.
I was so excited about the Palin nomination ... but I think I've had enough. She does not represent change. She seems to represent the worst of the old politics. She has been feeding us a punch of lies and this one is going to be it for me. I will not support a McCain/Palin ticket. I'd rather stay at home than vote for them. I don't want another Chenny in White House. I have seen where this has gotten us and she seems to be even worst. I heard what she said in the debate about having more power as a VP and this just confirms that she will do anything to get that power. So, no thanks.
Yo Sarah: You had an opportunity to state your case, but once you were named McShame's running mate, you shut down. So shut up now...too little, too late....off you go...North to Alaska!
I like Sarah's old hair-do.
Well, what do ya know, Mc Cain would be a copy/replacement for Bush, and Palin would be a copy/replacement for Cheney. Abuse of power to force what they want, when they want it .... you betcha ya!!!!!!
To Palin, lying has reached the level of a professional. If there was a league for professional liars, she would be Rookie of the Year!
Guilty as found by three Republicans and two Democrats.
Sarah Palin–abuser of power, supporter of secession, sower of hate and division
Republicans think they are above the law............Ruthless
Miss schreechy voice needs to go back to Alaska and hibernate.