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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soundoff (996 Responses)
  1. America think for you

    Barack Obama do not abuse his power to fire no body wrongly. The investigation was not tainted; it was a bipartisan investigation and they caught Sarah lying. She is a no brainer power abuser who will fire you if you divorce her sister. What is a shame. We do not want power abuser in the white house. Joe Biden never abuse his power.Ethics verse trust. How can we trust the GOP? They had lied about it for so long and refused to coorparate because they knew that they were guilty. They are so desperate and have nothing else to talk about but lies. Do not let them deviate your thought about the economy.

    October 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Pete in WA

    It's time for Sarah to step down for the sake of the party. But she is in denial, so she would see that as surrender. Stepping down and being replaced with a more experienced female is the only way that McCain has a chance to win. Eat humble pie and think of the country first, Sarah.

    October 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. Obama 2008

    She is still trying to hold on to her lies. I can't believe it. Everytime something comes up on her it's "oh that's not true." "It's a conspiracy from Obama's Campaign." People are finding out more about her each and everyday and it's not pretty!!

    October 11, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Wayne

    I'm sick and tired of politicians that abuse their power for personal reasons (ex. George Bush). And for John McCain to choose her as his running mate says a lot about his judgement. No McCain No Palin No Way!!!

    Obama / Biden 08!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. SoCal

    CNN: you should really read the whole report, as Gov. Palin suggested.

    It's outrageous to find out how this woman and her "first dude" husband conceive and exercise power.

    October 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. DB25

    Of course she's denying it, but facts are facts. She abused her power. Even the Alaska Republicans agreed!

    October 11, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Independent: NOW FOR BARACK AND JOE

    NO PALIN!

    October 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  8. RUN$UR4

    The Republican party ought to be ashamed of themselves for ruining Sarah Palin's career. She will be IMPEACHED so after Nov. 4th.

    October 11, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. Amazing

    Palin...just not ready

    October 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Sally from Cali

    The report was issued by a bi-partisan panel. The investigation was started before the short 5 weeks that she has been campaigning. It was not a conspiracy unless her Republican colleagues don't like her either.

    Lies, abuse of power, more lies. Palin = Cheney

    October 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Maggie from Virginia

    I never questioned Palin's authority to fire Monegan. The problem was her and Todd using her position as governor for personal gain. Abuse of power is wrong. For Palin to want to follow in Cheney's footsteps is down right wrong.

    October 11, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Peter (CA)

    Gov., I see you have learned well from the dark side. You can spin with the best of them. Don't expect us to believe the lies. You may not have technically broken the law but you have shown you believe you are above the ethics required to be a leader.

    Shame on you!

    October 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. WOW

    Lies, lies lies...please let this cick step down!

    October 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Mark

    She Palin is Bush in a dress!!! We don't need this in the white house abuse of power we have had for 8 years NO MORE America wake up, NO MORE!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Lani in Los Angeles

    She can say anthing she wants even if it's a lie cause she's one of us.

    Obama on the othe hand is another story. You can just look at him and tell he's lying before he opens his mouth. He's not one of us.

    October 11, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Douglas Dunn

    It is obvious that Sarah Palin cannot separate her own personal issues from her elected duties as governor. If she were to become Vice-President this tendency to ignore the ethical boundaries of her position would make Cheney look like an angel.

    October 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Thomas

    And she wants more POWER !
    Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely !

    Will she go on MEET THE PRESS ?

    October 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  18. max (NY)

    Now Sarah Palin knows and interprets the law better than the whole judicial system experts. How sad!. Is she calling them all liars? Then Why did she refuse to cooperate with the investigation? What makes it sadder is that she get the support of other self-centered Republicans to hide the truth and stand in the way of justice. It's really a sad day for America.Power in the hand of such woman is a dangerous recipe.

    October 11, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Hal Summers

    I don't expect at this point, after all the stonewalling, Governor Palin is going to come forth with the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    I have read the report; it says the Governor did violate the law.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Melissa

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it is my understanding that the CEO's from Wall Street who took their golden parachute payments and/or outrageous annual salaries from the near bankrupt companies also did nothing "unlawful". Following the McCain/Palin philosophy, we should not be upset with the Wall Street behavior because it was not technically unlawful....

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Not a hockey mom or Joe 6 pack in Ohio

    Not surprising from you Ms. Palin. You are a disgrace! You tactics especially this week were cruel and thoughtless and if something should happen to Obama his blood is on your hands. You only represent a specific cross section of this country and I have yet to see at your lynch mob rallies what you are doing to bring the country together. You are tearing people farther apart. You are a vicious self serving attack dog and you don't deserve to be a heart beat away from the highest office in the land. Go home Palin.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. USAF Staff Sergeant

    She can deny it all she wants. There's more tying her to this now than there is tying Obama to Ayers.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Elizabeth - TEXAS

    Here Palin goes lying again. The report is very clear. The State of Alaska will now dieal with her on ethic charges and abuse. We already have abuse of power in the Whitehouse now.

    October 11, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  24. Matt in Austin

    Oops another wheel of the Straight Talk Express has fallen off.
    Should rename it the FAKE TALK Express!

    October 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Tubby The Tuba

    What a Republican requirement for the national platform...abuse of power! She should do well with the republican party. Too, McCain, who says he has experience. Yes he has, twenty-six years as a Senator of Arizona, and look where that led us. He brough change all right and many of us have half of our 401 plans left, thanks to Senator McCain. It's judgement that counts. The Presidency requires on the job training, unless of course the Presient is running for their second time.

    October 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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