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. jj

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Mitch

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Jen, Gainesville

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Alistair

    More lies once again from Palin. She should be thrown in Jail.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Vincent Spaulding

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. Allison

    Politics as usual. Don't let the power go to your head, Sarah. Oops...too late.

    October 11, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. palin=cheney

    --does she really think americans are stupid as she is??!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. aleco-NOKOMIS,FL

    IF I WERE TO BE INVITED TO DINNER AT THE PALIN'S, I THINK I WOULD BRING A FOOD TASTER WITH ME.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Cark

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. ET

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Bethany

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Democrat 4 life

    Duh, what else would she say?

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Erick in Alabama

    Maybe this will make the McCain camp think about questioning someone's character. Go down Sarah!!!
    Obama 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Nathan

    Sounds like someone that is going to "shake up Washington"

    Sounds more like more of the same.

    October 11, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Todd-Ohio

    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 .

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Troy

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. Bonnie

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. the dude

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  19. Jayne

    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.

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. PK

    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!

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. GT in CA

    I like Sarah's old hair-do.

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

    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!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. New England Yankee

    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!

    October 11, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. I approved this message

    Guilty as found by three Republicans and two Democrats.

    Sarah Palin–abuser of power, supporter of secession, sower of hate and division

    October 11, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Sherry for Obama

    Republicans think they are above the law............Ruthless

    Miss schreechy voice needs to go back to Alaska and hibernate.

    October 11, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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