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. John

    I did read the report. While she was found to be justified in firing Monegan, it was also found that Monegan's refusal to fine Wooten contributed to her decision to fire him, so that's a partial victory for her. A close call, but still the firing was justified.

    However, she was also found in clear violation of an Alaska ethics statute, which is an unmistakable loss for her and opens up her (and possibly her husband) and the state for civil lawsuits by both Wooten and Monegan. She's not out of the woods on this one by a long shot.

    Here's the exact text of the ethics violation:
    "...I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides:
    'The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.' "

    October 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Jazzi

    She may be delusional, but We, The american people are not !!! Thanks but No thanks, on Sarah's lies to no where!

    Obama/Biden 08′/12′

    October 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. hey_hey_hey

    Peter Hanby, why do you have so much sympathy for Sarah Palin? She is a pathological liar. My sympathies to people who have invested trust and faith in her. It is misplaced.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Cedarflute

    Palin’s handling of Troopergate is often how we do things out here in the real USA, folks – outside the walnut paneled, pin-striped, rarified and sanctimonious airs of the Eastern Seaboard. It’s how this usually inefficient, democratic form of governance works.... full of foibles and, all too rarely lately, some real wisdom.

    Don’t get me wrong….I’m voting for Obama and can’t imagine McCain/Palin in the White House…..but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to be a little more accepting–even proud–of who we really are, and are permitted to be, in America.

    Personally, I’d rather hang with John and Sarah any day…..I just don’t want them making any big decisions.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Dylan, Pennsylvania

    I'm from Pennsylvania, Mrs. Palin.
    Mrs. Palin...we're not stupid...we don't believe your crap.

    October 11, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. conny

    That liar will say anything and with a proven record. This lady will do anything for the spot that she is going for because even she knows that the possibility of her being PRESIDENT is real. Lord help us!

    October 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Lisa

    Of course Sarah and we know you are telling the truth!!!wink,wink!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. LT

    I think I understand. If one reads the Report, it changes the content and the opinions of those who compiled the Report. A kind of literary metamorphosis that only Sarah Palin and her rowdy brigand followers are able to detect. Since she's not able to put a simple sentence together, of course she well digested the report's content. Idiot!

    October 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Brian Rich

    Nice to know this is all wrapped up. It's unfortunate she violated the state ethics statute, though. Unfortunately this is going to do immeasurable damage to McCain's campaign.

    October 11, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Joe in Kentucky

    Obviously it is Palin who has not read the report. If she had just been honest in the first place, this would not have even been an issue. Instead her denials and lying makes this a pretty good example of she cold not be trusted to tell the country the truth. I am starting to wonder if maybe even McCain isn't getting tired of her.

    October 11, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Don

    This was a bipartisan investigation with twice as many Republicans on the committee as Democrats, and Alaska is about as red as red states get, so how can this be a Democratic dirty trick?

    October 11, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. FL for Obama

    Tap...tap...tap...that's the sound of the final nail being driven into Grumpy and Caribou Barbie's campaign coffin. The Republican party has nothing left but lies and smears. It's so disappointing that our great country has been reduced to negative personal ads and avoiding the issues while Americans are suffering. As a registered Republican, this will be the first time I've ever voted for the Democratic ticket.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08/12

    October 11, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. wbw bruce

    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."

    Idiot Read it your self

    October 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. ld maldonado

    wow total denial maybe she needs to read the report. Hello sarah it says the you abused your power!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. RT

    Who cares what she says? Opinions only matter until the facts come in. Once the facts are in, they speak for themselves. Therein lies the difference between theory and empirical evidence.

    October 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Jeff Hovis

    A spin of the fact is possible by both parties. I am of the opinion that no matter what the fact from the Alaska investigation"Troopergate" had been, Palin is not qualified to be VP. I will get back to ya if my opinion changes!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. Chris W

    I will be so glad when I no longer have to hear about this twit. Sarah Palin is like the Britney Spears of politics.

    October 11, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. BYE BYE SARAH

    HOW CAN YOU DENY SOMETHING THAT IS WRITTEN IN BLACK AND WHITE, RIGHT IN YOUR FACE? DEEP DENIAL WON'T HELP YOU LADY...WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND...

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Steve in DC

    Of course she denies it. She's a power hungry, power abusive, liar and hate monger. No wonder she wants the VP to have more power. America, you see what she'll do with it.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Opinion

    Maybe she was right to do it. Maybe he was not performing the way he should in his job. Maybe he was abusing his power?
    There are 2 sides of the story – always. Lawyers just want to make teir money no matter what.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. j

    As I understand the report, she didn't abuse her power when she fired Monegan, a decent man as far as I can tell, it was from using the governor's office for personal business and allowing her husband to use the governor's office to go after Officer Wooten, who also seems to be a decent man despite going through a messy divorce with Palin's sister. I gather that the committee doing the investigation was largely Republican and the Alaskan legislature is large Republican. But I think Palin has made plenty of enemies within her own party because of the way she does things so it's possible she might be impeached but I think it more likely that she'll be censured, if anything at all happens.

    I think this is the nail in the coffin for McCain's bid for the presidency. I also hope this ends Palin's unearned popularity among voters.

    I did notice McCain appears to be splitting with his campaign concerning the negative campaigning. There might be some hope for his integrity yet.

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. felix IN Canada

    Thank God I don't live in America! yaaaa!!!

    To live in a "Democratic" society like america and yet people in high office can just up and fire someone because of personal agendas is frightening; yet Hugo Chavez and the Castro brothers are called dictators! What a double standard. The only positive thing in this story is that Alaska is very lucky to have 2 governors! Palin signs the orders and her husband Todd gives them, what a dynamic duo. I hope Mr. Monegan hires a lawyer and attack the Pitbull with lipstic in a court of law. Yet, she has thte audacity to talk about abuse of power in Washington and she wants to shake things up? I can just imagine her having all that power as VP; republican congressional leaders will all have to be on their best behaviour not to mention have thier heads up the " bridge to nowhere."

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Christine V.

    Palins a joke just like her and McCains insane followers! She deserves this true negative exposure.....I mean, here she is blaming Obama for ambition yet she can't even recognize her own actions as personal gain.

    The boat is sinking! the old method is nolonger working!
    You cannot stop the future nor can you stop progress. That progress is Obama. Many of you expressed rage and fear....please ...You neocons are so set in your ways that you cant even recognized that its those OLD ways thats leading this country to destruction. Step aside and take your meds and let the rational people lead this country for a better future! GET OVER IT MCCAIN WILL LOSE!

    October 11, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. tafari

    just imagine what we have in store she this foolish duo make to the white house. Let's nip that in the bud by voting Obama/Biden!!!!

    October 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Mike Phones

    Of course she is going to deny it. Probably the only smart thing she has done in her career as a politician.

    October 11, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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