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.
Does the term "Pants of Fire!", mean anything to you?
You said thanks but no thanks to that bridge too.
Yeah right!!! wink wink
Sarah is so adorable.
Smoke screens and mirrors. Once a liar, always a liar. Say it over and over and over...."We're NOT in Alaska anymore"... I am so tired of the lies, no wonder 08bama is leading. He is the leader and keeps a calm/cool head amongst panic. THAT is the reason we need him NOW. Him and is family along with Senator Biden will bring a stable environment not only to Washington, but to the USA as a nation. Let the liars lose into the arena!
This women has stirred up HATE in our politics, she has been PROVEN to ABUSE power, McCain has PROVEN he is ERRATIC AND UNSTABLE..... America.... PLEASE, we deserve better then these two people. PLEASE
Can someone give Palin the book "The Elements of Grammer"??!! PLEASE!
"You got to read the report sir"
Ya know, the report seems pretty clear. Ya abused power. Personally, I'd like to see a more ethical White House, especially after the abuses of power by Cheney et al over the past eight years. Guess I shouldn't vote for you, eh? You betcha.
This woman is a disgrace to our country!!! WHO IS THE REAL SARAH PALIN?
Obviously she can't read the report – words are probably too big...
Is Palin trying to insinuate that something in the report does not support its conclusion – she abused her power. So, it doesn't matter if it is ethical or lawful for an Alaskan Governor to replace a cabinet member – that is not even the issue. The issue is that she used the power trusted to the Governor's office in an abusive way. This is not the person for the VP office - imagine what type of ways she could abuse her power while in that office.
Choosing Sarah Palin is and will be absolutely the most irresponsible, inexcusable and reckless decision made by John McCain.
Politically, McCain and the GOP must be punished for its arrogance.
If Palin continue to tell "LIES" about Obama, she is up to any crime to make herself happy!
Remember that when you are pointing a finger of accusation at someone else, four more are always pointing back at you.
One man, one vote.
I guess abuse of power and violating state ethics laws means nothing to Sara Palin..Sounds like some George Bush would say and think.. Who me i did nothing wrong.. Sara do you actually think you are ready for prime time...
If this hapened to Obama or Biden, you can bet your life that the GOP would harp about it for the next few weeks... it's refreshing to see that the Dems are not even commenting. Maybe it's because the truth speaks for itself. Obama now has my vote.
This country has had enough of abuse and power ,mccain and his camp should insist that palin withdraw from this election.
God help us if palin/mccain win this election, because todd palin will be running the USofA.
MCBUSH / PABUSH THEY ARE THE SAME OLE YOUR TIME IS UP ITS CLEAR PALIN YOU ARE NO LEADER
If she were the Democratic VP nominee, would she still be campaigning?
This women is a loser....we know it and yet some people will still vote for her. She is a dangerous ticking bomb. She appears to love power and lacks the knowledge to get things done properly in a diplomatic way.
And there you have it...
This is a dangerous woman on so many different levels, wholly unfit for the office of the Vice Presidency.
What shocks me is that some are not able to see this. Forget about Charlie Gibson or Katie Couric. Give ME the chance to interview her in front of an audience of her supporters (yes... little old me) and I will show them in less than 15 minutes how precious little she knows about the issues that we face (let alone the US Constitution).
Who is Sarah Palin? I think she should hold a Q & A press conference with reporters. Yes...she has some explaining to do
It is a bipartisan panel who reached the decision...
She should step down and allow McCain get another VP.
The trooper will not remain silent!
No to abuse of power
There are no surprises there, and it was a bipartisan inquiry...no wonder there was so much maneuvering for stopping the investigation. So much for the ticket that claims to be the only ethical authority in the campaign. All they are doing is propagating fear with stories that have been proven erroneous. The more I hear the more worried I am about the possibility of McCain/Palin winning.
It has become clear over this past week that John McCain and Sarah palin have been inciting hate at their rallies, so much so that a main stream news media reporter who shall be nameless to protect her said.
"These rallies are now almost exclusively attended by the Republican WING NUTS" Do you have to be a WING NUT to support McCain looks like it yes.
Barack Obama IS a respectful decent family man and an Obama presidency is not to be feared who said this JOHN MCCAIN meaning it will be a good presidency Better than the one we have.
I wonder how long it will take this endorsement of Barack Obama by John McCain to appear in televised adverts by the Obama campaign?
She does not know what papes she reads but can direct a reporter to read about some widely televised scum from her "executive experience". I am a consertive republican who view this as an acceptable. We are better than this. Pitbull has the guts and effont"That One" just got my vote
Stick a fork in her as s, turn her over she's done.