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. joe

    no comments..
    i see what is going on

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. a miamian

    No matter what she says. She is lying to the American people and definiteley she is not ready to be a VP or God forbid our President.

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Cathy Agu

    Yet more lies....

    October 11, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. erb500

    She should be asking who is the real Sarah Palin In a few months she won't be VP just a Grandma

    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. Ann Freed

    Glad we have the reality check system today. I think these politicians live in a world of denial and phantabulize all they want. If it weren't for our checking up on their veracity, they would get a way with it. Wonder if they are embarrased, angry or how they feel when they find we all discovered the truth.

    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. John from Long Beach, CA.

    Palin proves she a typical Republican. Spin, Spin, Spin and lie. Can a Republican ever tell the truth?

    The Titanic Express is going sinking fast.

    "Man the Life Boats, she's going down"!

    October 11, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Why is she still a candidate? Its amazing with republicans can get away with.

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. TexasLady

    I see a huge attempt by the Dems to change the rules int heir favor – but then, if you notice, that's what the Dems do best.

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Nancy

    This is not a distraction! This is about BAD JUDGEMENT, UNAWARENESS OF WHAT GOES ON IN A GOVENERS OFFICE ,(as she put it) and ABUSE OF POWER! , NOT qualities you want to see in a person a heartbeat away from the Presidency, no less in a person who clearly has aspartions of becoming our first woman President. She has lost all credibility here and abroad.

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. John in Oregon

    Is anybody surprised? Palin is all about herself–and she has no clue how a majority of Americans see her. Sad–she needs to leave the ticket. Republicans should replace her with Tina Fey–they've lost anyway.

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. cathyTN

    This woman is a joke that too many people have bought into as a real thing. As a woman there is no way I would be stupid enough to vote for her because she is a woman or because she is a mom or a wife or took her kids to hockey games. I will vote for people that I agree with on the issues as any smart woman would do. As for this latest thing about the abuse of power. Well, I believe it is very likely that she did while thinking that she was helping her family. You can mess with a lot of things but a family member is off limits and causes people to do things they wouldn't otherwise do.

    October 11, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Next stop.....impeachment. Nixon claimed he wasn't a "crook" either.

    October 11, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. CNN loves McCain

    And I can see Russia from my house!

    Still lying Palin?

    October 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. tim cottle

    Shame on the democrats! Voter Fraud is Anti-American!

    Look here you got acorn gate going on and surprise nobody cares about 12 states with voter fraud from Acorn who says its bipartisan but also says it indorsed Mr. Obama. And Obama has donated 800,000 dollars to Acorn. Not counting what we as tax payers are paying this anti democratic group. But the camera is on a Governor who was wondering why a trooper who taserd a 10 year old with state property drinking and driving in a Sate car and Killing a moose out of season was not fired I think she acted responsibly do to the facts.

    October 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. TKW-New Mexico

    This doesn't suprise me. Another one of Palin's lies. This is the same kind of vice president she would be. Her and her first dude, Todd would run the oval office according to their personal feelings.

    October 11, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Alex

    Of course she's going to deny it. What Republican do you know has ever taken responsibility for anything. John McCain probably is the only Republican who has ever apologized for having wrong judgement and that's only been about 1 thing. In fact, whenever Republicans are found being in the wrong, they actually try to place blame on the Democrats. Even in this case, she will never accept blame & will find a way to blame the Democrats for making it political.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. mike nyc

    I would like her to have a press conference or interview with the networks explaining her position in detail. Just like Obama did with Rev Wright, etc. Lets see how convincing she can be, after all there will be many of these types of challenges if she were elected into office.

    But of course my expectations of how this will be handled will be one of the GOP's talking heads like Tucker Bounds issuing a statement.

    Sarah please use the tools available to you like the media to explain yourself. You can convince the American public you were not abusing power – lets see what you got. More then likely this is wishful thinking.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Claire, Martha's Vineyard

    Sara Palin is a complete oxymoron of an American. It is ironic how
    she spewed her venom and incited the most ugliest underbelly of
    American society, and she herself abused her power while in office.
    I wonder of the bigots some of which call themselves Cristians can look themselves in the mirror this morning?
    The sad part is that they probably can. McCain may have saved a tiny
    bit of any honor that he has left by defending his and Palin's lies about
    Senator Obama, who worked his way up to become a worthy and
    patriotic American, only to be told by his fellow American, that he is the
    wrong color. This should wake America up to not judge a book by
    its cover. The devil just may wear lipstick.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Muz

    I still want to know if an impeachment is gonna happen.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Rich from Pholly

    Perhaps legal, but unethical Gov. Palin. The standard shouldn't be whether she committed an indictable offense. Remember the “two-bit burglary that was Watergate? The firing of the head of public safety in Alaska was bush league all the way. And, the McCain campaign vetted her? Get real–McCain -Palin s the amateur hour. The only question for history is how McCain made such a poor and likely fatal selection of a running mate.

    October 11, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Recreator

    If Palin can get away with abusing her power in Alaska, what makes anyone think this same thing could not happen if she were to become vice-president. Her latest comments on power of the vice-president should make everyone wonder.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Arabphobia

    10 republicans and 4 democrats concluded that she abused her power, she of course, concludes she did not. We can deny the fact that the sky is up but that doesn't change it from being a fact. It's so refreshing to have the fingers pointing at her now..
    It's been raining since yesterday – I see a landslide

    October 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. David Goldman for OBAMA




    October 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. Johnny

    Its Dick Chenney all over again.

    October 11, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Larry Linn

    Palin has proven that she is qualified to replace Dick Cheney, and carry on his legacy.

    October 11, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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