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. Indepedent for Obama

    Does the term "Pants of Fire!", mean anything to you?

    October 11, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  2. obamacrat

    Yeah Sure....

    You said thanks but no thanks to that bridge too.

    Yeah right!!! wink wink

    Sarah is so adorable.

    October 11, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Mountain man

    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!

    October 11, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    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

    October 11, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. darrell

    Can someone give Palin the book "The Elements of Grammer"??!! PLEASE!
    Palin:
    "You got to read the report sir"

    October 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Uh...

    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.

    October 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Jamie

    This woman is a disgrace to our country!!! WHO IS THE REAL SARAH PALIN?

    October 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. As the 'Pain Turns

    Obviously she can't read the report – words are probably too big...

    Read:

    http://www.236.com/blog/w/sean_carman/president_palins_inaugural_add_9463.php

    October 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  9. ML in Texas

    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.

    October 11, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. David

    Choosing Sarah Palin is and will be absolutely the most irresponsible, inexcusable and reckless decision made by John McCain.

    Intolerable.

    Politically, McCain and the GOP must be punished for its arrogance.

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Remy

    If Palin continue to tell "LIES" about Obama, she is up to any crime to make herself happy!

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Barbara CA

    Remember that when you are pointing a finger of accusation at someone else, four more are always pointing back at you.

    Go Obama/Biden.

    One man, one vote.

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Griffin

    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...

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. liz

    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.

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. mb

    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.

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. EARL CLAY

    MCBUSH / PABUSH THEY ARE THE SAME OLE YOUR TIME IS UP ITS CLEAR PALIN YOU ARE NO LEADER

    OBAMA 2008/2012

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. Pablo from Asuncion

    If she were the Democratic VP nominee, would she still be campaigning?

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. Peggy

    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.

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. PA 4 Obama/Biden

    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).

    October 11, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Monica, Texas

    Who is Sarah Palin? I think she should hold a Q & A press conference with reporters. Yes...she has some explaining to do

    October 11, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Sarah

    Lies...
    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

    October 11, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. NC Mom

    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.

    October 11, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. John

    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?

    October 11, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Ratemo

    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

    October 11, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. John Worden

    Stick a fork in her as s, turn her over she's done.

    October 11, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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