October 11th, 2008
09:09 AM ET
10 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. Bob Stephens

    Hey Sarahm

    Are you lying about this issue........ "Perhaps So: wink, wink

    October 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. SG in SD

    This woman is out of control and unfit to hold any government office.

    October 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Vern

    Well well, Sarah is more like Dick Cheney than Joe Sixpack it seems. The Empress has lost her clothes. Mercy!

    October 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. thomas

    Does Sarah Pelin respect law or does she live by her own rules?

    October 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. John

    At least this time we know ahead of the elections that the Republican VP is ready and willing to abuse her power.

    October 11, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. No Country For Old Men

    Palin you lie like a rug!
    Who is the Governor you or your husband the Snowman.
    Your VP experience is melting fast!

    Obama & Biden ‘08
    Hillary & Warner ‘16
    McCain 88 Hitting & Holding ‘24

    October 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. ronald bernard

    when you take and abuse the trust of the country you have smothered you creditablity and good luck palin in your new job indever your not fit for the office you where being concidered end of speach

    October 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. Focus

    Coming soon AN EPISODE FROM SCARED TACTIC: At the VP debate Mrs Palin said the thinks DICK CHENEY was right to use the VP position for his DIRTY DEEDS and she plans to use even more authority than DICK DID!!! ARE YOU SCARE YET!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Donna

    Well what else is she gonna say? The investigation was started before she was penned as the VP nominee and was started by REPUBLICANS from her on state...the committee was made up of 12 Repubs and 4 Democrats...how is that partisan?

    October 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Mark

    Sarah doesn't get it. She fits the mold of the corrupt Alaskan politician that she replaced.

    With Alaskan politics as her training ground, she's become Dick Cheney incarnate. What a legacy for the GOP.

    October 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Ken

    I think that abusing power is seen as unethical. I don't know what planet Governor Palin is living on.

    She should just step down now.

    She has been the worse VP pick since the beginning of time, which she thinks was 4,000 years ago.

    John McCain's hole keeping getting deeper and deeper, and this time I don't think he can get out.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008&2012

    October 11, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Fred

    Oh, sweet Karma! How ya like er now!

    October 11, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. realistic101


    October 11, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Moral Conservative

    Everything about Palin is unethical she is a moron and should keep her mouth shut she is not helping anyone!

    October 11, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. jeremy

    game, set and match....

    October 11, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Joan Fl Voter

    As a woman I am Ashamed to see (Palin) another woman putting the reputation of women across America down the drain! She is disgusting spewing her divissiveness n hate. She does NOT represent me or any of my other girls.

    October 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. dlarocks

    What else is she going to say? What the press should be pointing out is that we have had a shadow government with Cheney for 8 years. Do we really want Todd Palin pulling the VP's strings or the President's strings if something happens to McCain. And we think we have troubles now.

    October 11, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Jeff

    "You got to read the report, sir."

    This is the vocabulary and language use of a potential VPOTUS!

    Be afraid, very afraid!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. T. Rothchild

    This woman is back on the stump instead of hiding her head in shame?

    I guess she's showing US that law is optional when it applies to her
    and that she will not be moved by the requirements of the basic honesty
    and dignity required of someone seeking the highest office in the land.

    . . . How utterly dangerous indeed.

    October 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Jeff

    Statements about this report when it first surfaced said Palin did not break the law, however this report says she violated ethics law. Did she or did she not violate ethics law? If so, when will she be punished?

    October 11, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Frank

    Telling lies until the bitter end. Pailn, it's all over. The gimmick failed.

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |

    THAT ONE '08

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Aaron from Ohio

    The report said she abused her power as Governor and committed ethics violations. She may not have actually violated any laws. Not violating the law may be a moot point. This is just another lapse in judgement and shows a pattern in her actions. Governor Palin will be forced to defend her actions in yet another example of her questionable fitness to lead. The report may not be the smoking gun her opponets had hoped for, but it certainly doesn't help her by any stretch of the imagination.

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. FM in FLA

    John McLame has shown all of America that he cannot be trusted to lead America because it is he, not Senator Obama, who consistently displays poor and risky judgment. Even a cursory investigation would have revealed Governor Pit Bull's serious ethics (and possible) legal problems, but obviously this was not done (and if it was, it was thrown to the side for the political gamble to shore up his base with the arch conservative and try to win independent male voters by choosing a supposed 'hottie.') Should the American public trust Senator McShame to make these knee-jerk, silly and seriously wrong decisions when it comes to our countries future? John McCain was once an honorable man with honorable intentions; now he is simply a hack-kneed politician who is tremendously desperate and will try and do anything to eke out a win. Dream On John!!

    October 11, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. That Other Jerry

    Branchflower's reaching interpretations have turned this report into a non sequitur. Sarah Palin can't be both guilty and not guilty at the same time. This is a rather transparent attempt to create an October Surprise out of a tempest in a teapot. Down here in our part of the country, throwing around political weight amounts to an off-season sporting event. Palin's efforts are strictly minor league compared to the usual goings-on in Atlanta, Montgomery, or Nashville. Either step up to the big leagues and find something real to pin on her, or shut up and leave her alone.

    October 11, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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