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. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Her answer was truthful (amazing). She didn't abuse her power in firing Monehan. She abused her power in pressuring him to fire Wooten. And we've seen evidence that this was not an isolated case of her abusing her power. It was actually quite routine.

    That's why the right loves her so much. She's a female version of Cheney.

    Can't afford that.

    October 11, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Peter

    Don't you just love pit bulls? They are so good for good government!

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Proactive Voter

    She can't own up to her wrongoing and she wants to be a VP.
    She should be impeached
    Shame on you Palin

    No how, no way no Palin McCain

    OBAMA&BIDEN 08

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. The Troopergate Report Findings Speaks for Itself

    Palin said, "You got to read the report, sir." Enough said.

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. from africa

    How can america put up with this? Are americans afraid of the truth or republicans? we look up to america were the truth is upheld no matter what. but to see americans still supporting this woman after this clear verdict is rather scaring

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Accountant Guy

    More lies and deceit from her. She has already been been proved to be a liar and a cheat. We don't want you in the white house, so just pack it up and head back to alaska!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. surprised at the criminals??????????

    she BROKE the LAW and people are going to her rallies??????

    very sick indeed!

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. enoch needles

    a liar lying.

    stop the presses.

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. jet in memphis

    this lady is a big time lier,AMERICA BEWARE, she can stick a fork in you and still be smiling

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Nash London UK

    We're used to her lies and denial, it doesn't make a different.

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Eric , Gettysburg, PA

    ummmmm yeah, why is this lady still being considered for VP?? I seriously think John McCain is better off without her, regardless OBAMA will be our President!! OBAMA 08

    October 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Republican for Obama

    you would have to be a blind, deaf, and dumb (no offense to those who actually are) to support McCain/Palin

    October 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. OHIO for McCain!

    »Americans do NOT be dumb! VOTE MCCAIN/PALIN!=TRUE AMERICANS!

    October 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. denise reed

    This chick is crazy!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. ALISON

    Sounds to me that she can dish it out, but when it comes to examing her, she is on the defense. She was wrong, she should fess up and stop throwing punches at Barack Obama......

    October 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Amy

    Who is Palin ? the member of AIP, an anti-American org, calling people to burn America flag.

    October 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Georgia Gal

    I almost spit out my drink last night when I heard Anderson Cooper read that statement. I was like WTH?? B/S she didn't abuse her power. She is so full of it she makes me sick.

    October 11, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Deb (New York)

    I would like to know First Dude's role in all of this being as he does not hold a public office and more importantly, what would his role be if there was the misfortune of a McSame and Palin presidency and vice presidency? Do you think the campaign can let her answer this question?

    Obama/Biden - the right choice '08 & 12

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. John

    Dick Cheney with lipstick

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. cmc

    Of course they (republicans) will only use the part of the report that defends the firing, just forget about the rest. Good God if you screwed up just admit it.......it certainly would look better. Does she or the republicans think that we are that dumb?

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Accountant Guy

    More lies from eskimo barbie!! She can't be trusted and now the world sees her for what she really is!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Stan

    Abused power.. think that is Chaney/Bush all over again. Play right to the edge and then deny any wrong doing. Great party these Republicans. What happend to the party of Lincoln?

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. mitch

    i'm sure she was unethical as she has been since her convention speeck. she is empty headed, and just like gw bush and cheney, she abuses her power. we cant afford folks like that.

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  24. Brain in DC

    Thanks but no thanks. We don't need any more of this. Go back to Alaska after Nov 4th.

    October 11, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  25. John mKKain and he has no message

    abuse of power....i wonder what the McCain supporters would be saying if it were Obama

    October 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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