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. Florida Voter

    Yea, and my son swears up and down that he did not wreck the car but there's a big dent in the side. So, who should I believe their lying lips or my lying eyes and ears.

    October 11, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Dave

    I get the sense Gov. Palin doesn't actually understand what the report said... such is the low intellect of this moron...

    October 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. McCain can't keep the parts together

    Palin didn't abuse power and neither did Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez.... They are all perfectly innocent and deserving of the public trust.... Wrong.

    October 11, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Abuse of Power or Power to the People

    Palin didn't abuse power and neither did Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez.... They are all perfectly innocent and deserving of the public trust.... Wrong.

    October 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. kevin

    why is this uneducated woman lying? Impeach her!!!!!! Maybe she can get a job on SNL someday!!

    October 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Disaffected

    Ok, how about this one, governor, "Did you abuse your power and violate the public trust by allowing your husband unfettered access to state resources and personnel in order to remove your ex-brother-in-law from his job?"

    I did read the report and it DOES say that.

    October 11, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. PC from FL

    The FIRST DUDE is NOW the FIRST DUD!!!

    October 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    I read the report Sarah... Shame on you and your husband for your unethical use of power. Please note that I am doing everything in my power to keep you out of the White House.

    October 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. R

    Buh-bye, Mooselini

    October 11, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Milo

    The investigation found that she broke the law. So what's next? Is there a punishment or penalty for that?

    October 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Mr. T

    Walt Monegan was an at will employee so his firing in and of itself is not the point it was the reason for his firing which is, according to the report a violation of the Alaska Public Trust because she fired him for personal reasons unrelated to the capacity in which she was employed.

    Ready to Smear Not Ready to Lead

    OBAMA BIDEN 08'

    October 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Staggie D Owens

    Of course she denieds any wrong doing. She does not know right from wrong. She thinks whatever she does is OK. Just like she thinks she is qualified to be Vice President and I know this is not true. I love my country please America open your eyes.

    October 11, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. The Messenger

    You know whose husband wants to seperate Alaska from the USA?
    You know which woman wants to put women who are victims of rape and incest in jail if they chose abortion?
    Do you know who thinks that she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from her state?

    THAT ONE!

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. ssk

    no, sarah, YOU read the report!! man, how disrespectful, telling the reporter off like that. first, she uses her yahoo account to evade the law, now she lets todd all over government files– this is how she conducts business? mccain was right, this is NOT the time for on-the-job training. gtfo sarah, your "family values" are not needed here.

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Lin

    "Palin denies abusing power in trooper case"

    ... of course she does......

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 11, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Jill

    Sarah can't tell the truth. Sarah's unprepared for the job of VP, and unfit.

    October 11, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Vince K

    Of course she'd deny this. Talk about "blind ambition" McCain should look no further than his VP pick

    October 11, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Arabphobia

    That campaign is officially riding on the hubs..the tires are blown

    October 11, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Todd

    I dislike this woman very much, for many, many reasons, and shockingy this issue is not even one of them.

    October 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. NOT THIS TIME - NO MORE OF McSAME --- PLEASE!!!!

    She's a LIAR!

    October 11, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Florida Independent

    Sounds like Bush and Cheney to me. Here we go again. Please don't let this woman in the white house.

    October 11, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Marie

    Like she would admit to abusing her power? The whole thing says a lot about McCain's judgement, for even picking someone so unqualified in the first place.

    October 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  23. I can't wait until Nov. 4th

    So now she goes from denying she tried to get her ex-brother in law fired to denying she abused her power by trying to get him fired. Help me out I'm confused. It's hard keeping up with these lies...plus I was absent on the day they were teaching idiot – I mean Palin logic.

    October 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Florida Gold

    She and Tod [ her husband] are hunger for POWER.Something tells me that Tod is controlling Palin in every way.She is nothing without this man at her side.If the republican party wins the election ,Tod will be actually the vicepresident.As I understand Tod is interfering in Alaska in all the goverment affairs and this is a real disgrace for the United States and specially for the State of Alaska

    October 11, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. carepi,nj

    One word:

    LIAR!

    October 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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