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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  1. Susan

    Sarah Palin had others do her dirty work so that her hands looked clean. Just like McCain has Sarah do his dirty work and lies about Obama. Now we all see how that has helped McCain and Palin the good christian that she says she is will get hers.

    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. PUMBU


    October 11, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  3. Ethically Challenged

    October 11th, 2008 10:34 am ET
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    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 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  4. James From Chicago


    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. WRP

    The business as usual politics of distraction and deception are alive and well in the McCain campaign: The Alaska legislature committee that approved conducting the investigation and voted unanimously to release the findings is made up of 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats – but McCain claims it was a partisan witch hunt. The report says Palin acted lawfully in dismissing Monegan but also acted unethically in how she went about doing that – but McCain claims she has been completely cleared.

    Wasn't it McCain who has been running around claiming only he can "clean up Washington" and reform how business is done there? What a two-faced liar! After 8 years of Bush/Cheney, ethics in government is of paramount importance. If McCain has any shred of personal honor and truth left, he should start by cleaning up his own ticket and replace Palin.

    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Brian

    Denial ain't just a river in Egypt Palin! Deny all you want, but we're not stupid enough to believe you're innocent! THE GOP IS DONE!!

    Obama/Biden '08!!

    October 11, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Brenda R. Harris

    Maybe Palin did not but look closer at her husband. In Palin religion. It states that she is to be a dutiful wife under her husband. She is a good wife but her husband still holds the rings and she will listen to him. I am a Democrate and I know how it feels to be caught in the middle when you want to do what is right. I will give the woman the benefit that she deserves.I will pray the common sense will prevail for her.

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Olav

    Why, of course she denies. When will we ever hear abusers of power admit that they did wrong?

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Lori, Houston Texas

    Wow. She's alot more like Dick Cheney than we thought. Maybe Dick actually picked her for McSame?

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. gina for Obama/Biden

    Finally TRUTH,
    Do we need Pitbull in the White house?
    Thanks but no thanks


    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Yet another Republican supporting Obama!

    Do we think you're lying, Mrs.Palin? You betcha! *wink,wink*

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. suzyku

    Ya, right! She's innocent and I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you!!!!
    Wink, wink, nod, nod, nasty comment, wink, wink, gotcha!

    October 11, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Vicki

    When people show you who they are the first time, believe them (abusive)....paraphrasing Maya Angelou. We cannot afford for this "trick" to get anywhere near the White House. You tell her she was wrong and she stills says she is right.... George Bush all over again.

    October 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Jackson

    IN RELATED NEWS: O.J denies murdering his ex-wife.

    October 11, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Phil

    Palin making things up???? No, couldnt be.

    October 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. NO Sarah

    Com on Sarah Palin, you can't wiggle out of this one.

    300 pages prove that you abused power as govenor and you are not trustworthy.

    We clearly can see who you are and don't give us this garbage.

    Obama / Biden 08

    October 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. davit

    Liar, liar, pitbull on fire. Or should I say, pitbull flaming out?

    October 11, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Ann

    I don't particularly like Palin but this investigation shows how low Obama's Democrats can go. Not Democrats, Obama's democrats! It almost look like his successful bid for the 1996 Senate seat when he eliminated the other candidates on technicalities. Obama brought his dirty Chicago political machine on the national arena.

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Gohi

    Here we are, no one can run faster than its shadow. Sarah Palin just experiences that no one can hide moon with its hand. If the cap fit, let them wear it and wait. Ma'am Sarah you are destroying your polical career, if you bend to look at your friend butt, don't forget that someone behind you is doing the same thing to you too. Please Obama is not is a terrorist, he is a "decent man" like you.

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. McCain is Shameless

    Filthy, dirty politicians, McCain and Palin. They will never wash their smut off. The way they have run their campaign is nothing short of disgraceful, and shows both of them to be the poor sportspeople and flagrant manipulatators that they are. It selfishness, it's greed, it's lies. We've had eight years of that. Enough is enough. I am disgusted, and John McCain is my senator in Arizona. I will never vote for him again under any circumstances.

    October 11, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    of course she denies it.... that's all the GOP does is DENY and LIE... they're never accountable for anything.... what a maverick TROOPERGATE BARBIE is..... LIAR

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Christy Jacobs

    Oh there's a shocker! A right wing wacko denying any wrong-doing. Why don't you join the ranks of Cheney, Rove and Bush too Palin? You all seem to think it's OK to shine off on subpoenas yet wave the American flag for your so-called love for country. Oh I see. The America that agrees with you is OK, but the rest of her is full of crap.

    Face it Palin. A bipartisan committee (10 Republicans and 4 Dems) says you ABUSED YOUR POWER.

    This could be an impeachable offense and is a serious violation of the pubic trust in AK.

    Now shut up now about Obama telling the truth because it's plain to see YOU CAN'T TELL THE TRUTH YOURSELF!

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Pat

    Shades of the Bush/Cheney era? Hopefully that's all come to an end this year. We need an administration with ethics and transparency.

    Palin has to know where to draw the line between personal business and governmental law. She should humbly step down from all of her governmental practices including this run for VP if she's not asked to by McCain.

    The worst part of this thing is that she's blaming partisan politics on the investigation that started long ago.

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  24. GRANNY OF 5

    Sarah Palin is a complete idiot. We all knew she would start pointing fingers when she was found guilty. Of couse she is saying they wouldn't talk to her...No if you refuse to talk....If this does not wake up the thugs..yes I said thugs because that is the way the McCain/Palin followers are acting right now. I am very proud of this country (the sane ones) that are backing Obama. It is a sad day when and if we let a man lkie Obama slip through our fingers because of a few racist people. Come on America we need to unite more than ever now and make us an example of what we can and will do...We need to come together and be the great nation we once were......ALL FOR 1 OBAMA !1

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  25. Polin LOVES Palin

    »GO SARAH! GO!

    October 11, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
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