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. Randy, San Francisco

    Why does Palin who pretends to be the defender of the faith and family values fail to understand what is unethical behavior? Although her abuse of power may not have been illegal, it is still ethically wrong.

    October 11, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. McCain-Palin are LIARS !

    McCain-Palin's campaign is in the toilet. The question now is how will they exit and be remembered – as someone who tried to focus on the economic wows with real solutions, or as someone who spent all of their time in negativity and divisions. I wonder which one will they choose.

    Obama-Biden in '08 and 2012 !

    October 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Rob

    Can she give a press conference??? The press has so much catching up to do. This is a candidate for Vice President of the United States who has just been found guilty of ethical violations in her home state and the media appears to be trying to bury the story. Meanwhile, all she does is preside over quasi Klan rallies and attack Obama (someone she's never met) as arrogant, ambitious, and calls a terrorist sympathizer because some 60s weirdo happened to be in his vicinity. The American people deserve better, and I'm not really talking about her. I mean the people deserve better from the so-called "free press" that's really corporate owned and desperately trying to sway opinion by ignoring this new bombshell and focusing on a non-story they've already covered in the primary.

    October 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Amazed

    It's like a double tennis match, but one player only played ping pong before. And a lousy ping pong player I must say.
    She will never make it as a tennis player, and she is where she is in ping pong because others in Alaska played even worse.

    Please, please. Let's get real. This is a general election, not a game.

    October 11, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Dr. Proctor

    When I find myself getting angry at Sara Palin's lies, I am reminded
    of a quote from the horror movie of the 70's THE EXORCIST:
    "The devil is a liar, you must not listen to him."

    October 11, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. gina for Obama/Biden

    please DON'T blame That One for this one.



    October 11, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Sandy Austin, Texas

    Did anyone expect her to accept responsibility?

    October 11, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Ann

    Will she go in jail?
    tell us more about what should follow

    October 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Ray Fisher

    Let it go till after the election and let Alaska handle it themselves. America has much bigger fish to fry!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Gene

    Sarah is either ignorant or corrupt . Neither qualifies her for VP or ultimately for President. -- Then again, Bush lasted 8 years. Hmmm?

    October 11, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. proud army and navy mom

    Of course Palin denies any wrongdoing.

    She has been trained will by the Bush/Mcain campaign staff were the slogan is Lie, Deny and then Criticize others.

    October 11, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Tegan

    Of course, she denied it. I haven't heard her admit she was wrong yet and it seems she has been wrong about a lot of things.

    October 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. Ed

    She did learn from the best, Go Bush!!! Deny everything and act like it didn't happen!!

    October 11, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  14. Former Republican

    This woman has changed me and all my friends' votes from McCain to Obama. This woman knows no low.

    October 11, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  15. DrFill

    Palin overmatched again
    Maybe Alaska is putting the truth above their goobernor?

    October 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Bill

    I guess this will be the Mccain spin: agreeing with Alaskan law. Of course, she can fire anyone, but she failed to mention she could not do it for personal reasons.. It seems that bipartisan in Alaska means bipartisan.

    October 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. Theogracias

    I think what she did was an impeachable offense and that's one way to stop this obscene liar.

    October 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Palin McCain - more of Bush lies

    Palin and McCain prove each time they open their mouths that they are liars like their fore father Bush. More of the same.

    October 11, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. E

    Sarah was in the right to do as she saw fit for the people of Alaska. I'm with her on that 100%. No matter what the reason is,Sarah Palin's sister has rights too just like everyone else. Sarah is there to serve the people and that includes her family. I don't feel that she abused her powers in any way.

    October 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  20. Padosan

    Oh! what's wrong Palin. So once they find you guilty of something you deny it. Aha You are a republican. You do something and then deny doing it.

    October 11, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Dylan

    That's just wrong...looks like Todd is the one that calls the shots in her household. Todd is not on the ballot.

    October 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Hands

    Gov. Palin must be impeached !!!

    October 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Lilac in Toronto, Canada

    It was very apparent she has been abusing her beauty and power for personal gains. Else, each and every hockey moms will be running for VP race. Shame on you Palin, calling yourself God fearing and prayerful. Shame!!

    October 11, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Robert E. Hutchings

    I am shocked! Ms. Sarah shame on you! First in violating the ethics code of your state, and now you attempt to deny it. Please go home and take your shoes off.

    October 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. same old stuff, prettier packaging

    That makes my day! I turned off the news yesterday, and wake up to this!
    So glad that they found out what everyone knew already. This woman is evil and unscrupulous. Great VP . . . NOT.

    Go Obama! Go Biden!
    Honest, straight forward, PRESIDENTIAL and VICE PRESIDENTIAL.
    Quite a contrast to the other ticket.

    October 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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