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. aleco-NOKOMIS,FL

    FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT A FOOD TASTER IS--A FOOD TASTER IS A PERSON THAT TAKES FOOD TO BE SERVED TO SOMEONE ELSE TO CONFIRM THAT IT IS SAFE TO EAT AND DOES NOT CONTAIN POISONS.

    October 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Garp Irving

    »VOTE with your BRAIN! VOTE MCCAIN! Of course!

    October 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Linda in Wisconsin

    Rewriting the truth is a strategy that we can no longer tolerate. It's time for Palin to go home.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Garp Irving

    »VOTE with your BRAIN! VOTE MCCAIN! Of course! YES!

    October 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Lisa

    What a SNOT!

    "You got to read the report, sir." ??????????

    Well Sarah.... I read the report and I am floored at how it is obvious that you can't even be govenor without your husband doing half of the duties and your dirty work!

    October 11, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Glenn in California

    "It's all the Democrats fault." Yeah, right.

    Just what the country doesn't need; Cheney with lipstick, only dumb as a rock.

    It's beyond me how people actually swoon over her. The woman is a disaster and a disgrace to our political process. The only just thing to do is to send her packing, back to Wasilla, on November 4th.

    Just say NO to Bush 44 and the "hockey mom."

    October 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Greenwalk

    I'm shocked that Palin would deny this allegation. NOT!!! She's a liar. I've known it from day one. I never trusted her.

    October 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Of Course She Would!!!!!

    Did anyone expect her to say otherwise? I would be shocked if her and McCain come clean to tell the truth.......their strategy was to deny all claims and their tactic was to stop all investigation.

    "Abuse of power" and "Violation of public trust" Most people unaware of "tort laws" the act of omission and comission is very serious for public servants. For Example: a public servant who "omit" information or fail to act in a responsible way is just as guilty as a public servant who knowingly "comit" an irresponsible act.

    When it comes to trust Ms. Palin and 1st dude leave little to be desired.

    October 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Independent in NY

    I can see her lying from my house, you betcha

    October 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. ral-OH

    I think she is just plain in DENIAL.

    It states she violated state ethics law and abused her power.
    Wow!
    We've read the report – apparently she has not!

    October 11, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Jim

    Governor Palin is dangerous. If I was mcain I would watch my back.

    October 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Polin LOVES Palin

    »Sarah Palin is WONDERFUL. She is our next VP. Yes.

    October 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. cherie

    Is she going to let the First gentlemen Todd run her office like he ran her governor office if she get vice president, I don't like her look and joking around she a faket hinking people can not see through her; During the 2007 investigation there was no mention of her being pregnant, I still believe that baby is her daughter that was away for 5 months

    October 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. Chris

    Her Denial would be funny if she wasn't so sad... No great shock here. That's okay, after November 4th Alaska can have her back!

    October 11, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  15. Overseas Obama supporter

    When oh when are people going to the McCain choice for what it is; irresponisble and untruthfull.
    McCain thought he'd just win by courting the conservative base with this lady without any depth or truth to her.
    She repulses me with her politics and attitude. And believe me I had an open mind! Ther has been too much stinky stuff surrounding her.

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Eric

    Page 66: "Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act"

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

    Am i missing something? Violating an ethics act is unethical.

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. David a Conserative

    GUILTY! It appears Palin is a liar as well as DUMB! McCain and Palin make a good pair...both "Stupid is as Stupid does". Watch them continue to drag themselves lower and lower into the gutter. When all is said and done in a few weeks, McCain will be a discrace in the Senate and Palin will be run out of Alaska. Maybe she can move to Russia because her knows all about Russia from their planes flying overhead.

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Ethically Challenged

    I am tired of unethical people trying to equate appropriate behavior with whether or not a criminal conviction results. McCain was wrong in Keating 5 and Palin was wrong in Troopergate. A boss once told me that the true test of integrity is the ability to do the right thing when nobody is looking. McCain and Palin have shown us they have no integrity. They both have abused their positions of trust. They have lost my respect. We do not need that kind of leadership.

    Obama/Biden '08 & '12

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Eric

    CNN, how much more information to you need in order to decide to stop covering this woman? You still have posts reporting on Palin saying Obama puts his own ambitions first. This woman has lost any credibility and as such, should not be given any consideration.

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Beverly Nuckols

    How does anyone explain Monegan's actions in May: Commissioner Monegan delivered a color photograph of the ex-brother-in-law, Wooten, in full Alaska State Trooper uniform, to the Governor's office, requesting that the Governor autograph for presentation it at the upcoming Police Memorial Day ceremony and for official use in AST offices. Monegan claimed that he did not realize that the Trooper in the photograph was Wooten. Was this incompetence or a hostile and threatening act?

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Brandon in Indiana

    You SPIN me right round baby right round, like a record.........

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Charles W. Skinner

    The Committee took 263 pages to say what they could have said in a 1 sentence paragraph:

    Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force may have been a contributing factor to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to fire him as a member of her cabinet.

    Any opinion beyond the Monegan matter specifically was outside of the committee's purview and investigation authority, and shows that this was a hack job intended to harm the McCain-Palin ticket prior to the election.

    October 11, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

    Palin tells only the part that presumably benefits her. Do the American people want another 8 years of someone who wants more extensive vice presidential power? Do the American people want someone who abuses her power? Can you say Cheney on overload.

    October 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Bob, Minneapolis

    Sara Palin is a gimmick.

    Look, The only two things that Americans have to remember:

    1)The Republicans and George Bush and John McCain(who both look like me and has "normal sounding names") screwed this country up without caring what I look like.

    2)Since the qualifications for Vice President are the
    same as the qualifications for President,
    Sara "Harry Potter" Palin is grossly unqualified for
    either position, bigoted, fascist, anti-semitic
    spewing of her campaign garbage not withstanding.

    This white Republican guy will be voting for "that one", who's name just happens to be Barack Hussein
    Obama.

    October 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. REP OBSERVER

    WAKE UP AMERICA

    SARAH PALIN ABUSED HER OFFICE SIMPLE!!!!!

    or do u want to give "abuse" another meaning. though i was drawn to the republican party bcos of my religious beliefs. i cant support this mcain/palin ticket anymore. they are the best spinners i have ever come across.

    VOTE BO 08

    October 11, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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