October 11th, 2008
09:09 AM ET
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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. Ebrie

    The people gave her the power under oath to serve the country and its people , and I am not surprised she abused it within 2 years since she became the governor. Because, we have seen how abrasive she is and she can become since the Republican Convention. The saying is true when it comes to Sara Palin, the outside is the reflection of the inside. The only thing we hear from her so far is gibrish, smear, and irrelevant. She did not provide any concrete input that will serve as a solution for the current situation of the economy, futrue wellbeing of the society and the country . I really feel sorry for the people who work with her and their work environment. The worst is ahead, imagine how her abrasive behavior lead us into if she gets elected as vice president of this greatest country of the world. I blame you Senator McCain, you just picked unfit candidate (the same way those dictatorial governmen leaders pick their own political appointee) who does not deserve the position, and look the time being spent talking about her which could rather be spent on real issues.

    October 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. Kris in Denver

    Undoubtedly, Palin's having cleared herself prior to the official report having been released will be sufficient for the 'base'. No surprise there. Don't expect the undecideds to be so easily fooled, especially with Palin's ability to blithely ignore the Constitution. As a Veep, this pit bull will make Cheney look like a lap dog.

    October 11, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. jschonbrun

    We think you protest to much.....a message the Republican party should have listened to when attempting to sue to block the release of Alaska legislature findings... we knew , we all knew ...abuse to power had occured.
    Now the Repullican ticket has been found to be unethical ...McCain by the Senate of the United States and Palin by the investigative arm of the Alaskan legislature.

    October 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Peter of Oregon

    She, McCain and the RNC tried very hard to delay or end the inquiry into her abuse of power, because she knew the truth would be revealed.

    She's lost all credibility.

    October 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Patricia Damato

    McCain knew she was being investigated when he chose her–but he put winning the election first (by choosing a woman, being the maverick he is of course) and he has been using her ever since. He's got her out on the campaign trail–winking and smiling while she lies through her teeth–neither one of them can be trusted. as we see by the polls, Americans are waking up to the reality Barack Obama is the only man for the job.

    October 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. John in Austin

    I've read the report, something that I doubt Palin has done. Quite simply, she abused power beginning almost the day she became governor. Indeed, it is a pathetic use of power to resolve a family vendetta.

    October 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. kaz

    After 6 months no one will know who is Sara Palin. Sara is hurting McCain

    October 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Mike Kaplan

    So, in addition to being stupid, uninformed, arrogant, rude, a serial liar, challenged by the English language, and just generally clueless, Sarah Palin is also guilty of abuse of power in pursuit of personal ends.

    Good choice, McCain. Makes me very confident in your decision making. ("Country First", indeed!)

    October 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. SHELLI1313

    The panel that investigated Gov. Palin has found that she is untrustworthy and not truthful to the people. She is a Racist and promotes racism and bigotry. She goes to these rallies and promote the people there to want to attack Senator Obama literally. McCain/ McNasty and Failin Palin are the Nastiest campaigners I have ever run across. I stopped going to their rallies. I started going to the different states to promote them but I have since burned all of the posters that I had, taken their stickers off my business windows and have gotten my customers, families and friends to do the same. They (the Mccain/Palin) campaign have scared us into changing our affiliation with the Republican Party because they keep changing their messages and TV ads. They scare me because they have not listened to the people and are not trying to talk about the Economy, Healthcare, Education, Energy and what they want for the People of these United States of America. They only attack and spew racism, hatred and bigotry.

    Shelli in Georgia

    October 11, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Jill (Oregon)

    I guess now the real question for our country is "Who is Sarah Palin?"

    October 11, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. A Witch? Ask Palin's Reverend Muthee

    According to a high-placed federal agent actively based in Washington, DC who spoke with federal whistleblower Stewart Webb, Republican presidential candidate and Senate Armed Services Ranking Member John McCain’s wife Cindy Hensley McCain’s multiple undisclosed federal income tax returns will reveal millions in Iraq War military procurement contract profits involving Hensley & Co. (Hensley Beer), Mrs. McCain’s large Anheuser-Busch beer distribution firm.

    In more shocking allegations which media and Democratic congressional leaders have failed to investigate, Thomas Heneghan, a U.S. intelligence authority with scores of federal contacts, said federal agents also know that Mrs. McCain made millions in insider short-sale profits involving Swiss re-insurance put option stock orders placed prior to the September 11 attacks—profits of death which have remained untaxed by the U.S. government and raise questions as to her 9/11 tip-off.

    Heneghan alleges Cindy McCain’s complete 2001 tax return would also reveal that she has a secret offshore 1241 corporation set up with “private trust accounts established by Senator McCain’s late ‘Keating Five’ scandal and Bush 41 money launderer Leonard Millman who was also Stewart Webb’s father-in-law—all of which screams for a federal probe before the November 4 election.

    October 11, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. LT for Obama

    Maybe she needs to read and reread the report to see that she, in fact, did violate the ethics law. Nice try Sarah.

    October 11, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Greg

    Why would someone want to take the time out to read this report about you and what you're trying to cover up? Look lady, you came out of nowhere as a nobody and believe me, in a few more weeks you'll be leaving as a 'bigger' nobody! I'll give you and your boy a little advice, go back to Alaska and keep your mouth shut. You call yourself this 'so called christian' and have you ever stopped to think 'WWJD'?

    He sure wouldn't be doing what you are doing. You're no better than anyone else and for that matter, your 'boy' for a husband either. By the way, does he Iron your shirts for you?

    October 11, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. paul kelly

    what? palin is guilty! Its been decided. Palin don't try and override what feds have said. What kind of sick game are you playing?

    October 11, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. jim

    what an idiot.....i hope this adversely affects her and mccain

    October 11, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. your Mom

    This is like icing on the cake! I'm curious to see just how much further the McCain/Palin campaign can fall down the mountain. Where are your Mavericks now? HAHA!

    Obama/Biden 08!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Enough of the Insanity

    Reading the report and stories from the Anchorage newspapers, there seems to be a long history of Palin using her power for personal vendettas. She should have just let the investigation go forward like she had agreed to before she became VP pick and this would have went away. Hide from the media, they are more inclined to dig deeper. I wish the media would scrutinize her and McCain as they did Obama. If there is more that some voters don't know about Obama, they aren't paying attention.

    October 11, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. wesinca

    Well this comes as a big surprise! I mean the real report that the McLame campaign put together already shows she did no wrong doing and of course I have to believe everything they say. Nothing like watching a train wreck live every day with their terrible campaign.

    No way, no how, no McLame/Falin

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 11, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. sqs1

    is there even a need for a comment to this???......just what the country needs! more liars who abuse their power!!!!.....i guess everybody read it wrong....

    October 11, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. slimsista

    That's not what I read in the report....You violated some ethics here...SO STOP SAYING IT AIN'T SO!!!!!!!

    So how can you talk about Obama.....What about the party your husband belongs to????????? UNETHICAL...WANTS TO ALASKA TO BE IT'S OWN COUNTRY????????????


    October 11, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. sandee in Portland

    She may have had the right to fire Monegan, but after reading the report she definitely abused her power as Governor to try to further her sister's cause to get back at her ex-husband. By the way, has anyone read the AP article regarding Palin trying to get a "day of prayer" at city hall while she was Mayor of Wasilla. I think this lady needs to get a clue regarding separation of State and Church. I, for one, don't want a bible thumping politician in the 2nd highest office of our land. Religion is a personal right and it should not be shoved down our throats.

    October 11, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. Willow, Iowa

    People need to remember that this was voted on unanimously by ten Republicans and four Democrats. So they cannot use political reasons for this ethics violation to be agreed on. This opens up another can of worms, regarding her husband's access to the government, the email accounts, etc.

    October 11, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. VP - North Carolina

    The report is pretty clear in black and white that Palin ABUSED her power as Governor. Now the investigation started long before she became the vice president pick so claiming it was the Dems behind it is INSANE with the Repubs in control in Alaska. She would win more if she just acknowledged she was wrong. Bet ya people would really think you are more down to earth .

    Abortion rights is the least of our concerns right now. Still the #1 issue – – the E C O N O M Y! Don't try to change the subject again...

    October 11, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Adele

    Of course she denies any wrong-doing! So have O.J. Simpson, Bush and Cheney. We know they have LIED! Come on, she abused her power and a bi-partisan report.

    October 11, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Anthony

    Although the courts wont serve justice, i truly hope the American voters do.

    This woman is a detriment to an intelligent society.

    October 11, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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