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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  1. Tiffany

    OK.. Now the word game BEGINS... Question is did you abuse power in the trooper case NOT if you broke the law by firing a cabinet members. This is an ethics problem. Having an ethics problem is A HUGE concern even if you broke no laws as she is applying for the second largest position in the country. You want someone with ethics and morals!!!

    October 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. David

    Hmm,...history repeats itself, right? Didn't Republican's put American thru this once before with a Governor from Maryland, Spiro Agnew...later forced to resign the Vice Presidency???

    Republican's for Change: Vote for Obama!!

    October 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Mike Dallas

    A side note and we should not get cocky but the RCP this morning shows "O/B as THAT ONE by 7.1 points.

    The RCP electoral map shows them at 277 electoral votes, RCP is showing PA as save and VA as leaning for Obama.

    Again do not get cocky, but savor this facts when we "elitish" have our morning latte's and danish up here in the ivory tower while gazing down up the serfs working in the fields!

    WINK!

    October 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  4. mndonor

    Were are her emails??? What about her hubby's ties the AIG???

    How can the USA want someone like this as the VP???

    Vote for Hope not Hate!
    Obama 08

    October 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Throw Dirt & Mud From Behind a Skirt - Face-to Face ur as timid as a Flirt

    Blind Revenge over Ethics..

    October 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  6. bibi

    How can this woman still deny it. It shows how illiterate she is. She probably does not understand what the reports says. All intelligent people know waht is says. She lies until the end.

    October 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. tatanka

    THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY KIND OF ADMISSION OF ANY WRONG DOING. THIS TYPE OF PERSON THINKS EVERYTHING SHE DOES IS OK. PEOPLE WITH HER SENSE OF RIGHT AND WRONG IS SO WARPED AND SO ENGRAINED IN HER MIND SHE CAN NOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE IN RIGHT AND WRONG.
    THIS IS RIGHT BECAUSE I SAY IT IS RIGHT. THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR HAD TO START AT AN EARLY AGE AND WAS PROBABLY RE-ENFORCED BY EVERYONE AGREEING WITH HER AND NO ONE TELLING HER SHE WAS WRONG. WHEN YOU CAN STAND UP IN FRONT OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AND TELL BALD FACE LIES ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE THEN YOU HAVE NO MORALS AND HAVE TO BE DEMENTED. IF THIS WOMAN EVER GETS TO BE ORESIDENT IN THE END SHE WOULD TRY AND DICTATE POLICY WITHOUT THE CONGRESS HAVING ANY SAY SO. IN OTHER WORDS WE WOULD HAVE A DICTATOR AS A LEADER.

    October 11, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Vaughn from FL

    Denile isn't just a river in Egypt, we need some straight talk from you Sarah and it appears you can't deliver. I think it's time for you to take the first skidoo back to Alaska.

    October 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Andrew

    hmmm.
    Hate rallies,
    Abuse of power
    sounds very extreme and fascist to me,
    all thats missing is bedsheets with holes in them

    October 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Sarah Palin WHY?

    Palin is a ALL or NOTHING type of lady and it appears that she is doing all of this for nothing.

    America is not stupid how about some good old fashion ownership!

    October 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. chris24

    Therein lies the problem.

    Abuse power, deny it, then act like you didn't do it.

    Wecome to Bush World.

    Now attack the attacker to discredit them.

    Sound familiar?

    October 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. TRUE AMERICANS for MCCAIN!

    »MCCAIN/PALIN 08=OF COURSE.I am NOT dumb.

    October 11, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. RF

    Sounds like the governor needs to read the report, sir. She may not have been found at fault for the firing, but she was found to have violated the ethics laws and she doesn't even suggest she has a defense to that.

    October 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. surprised at the criminals??????????

    sarah the volture......STFU

    you broke the law, period......go to your bridge and cry, hypocrite, liar........

    IMPEACH HER! in Alaska of course. We do not want you here.

    October 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Jayson

    Of course Palin believes she didn't abuse her power... She is both dumb and nuts.

    October 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. David

    Sarah answer to a reporter when asked if if she abused her power in firing Monegan is ,"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 said before boarding her campaign bus. "You got to read the report, sir."

    What are the facts:
    1. Ms. Palin wrongfully allowed her husband, Todd, to use state resources as part of the effort to have Trooper Wooten dismissed.

    2. Ms. Palin knowingly “permitted Todd Palin to use the governor’s office and the resources of the governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired.”

    3. Ms. Palin “knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda.” If was a good leader, she should have found a better way of doing this...we know that the she also employed her former friends. When is CNN going to report this.

    Most controversal is this finding that "Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Walt Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.” The report citing the Alaska Constitution, which says “the governor may discharge department heads without cause" well ladies and gentlemen Good Luck working in Alaska Government. Should this be case that, as it states "In light of this constitutional and statutory authority, it is clear that Governor Palin could fire Commissioner Walt Monegan at will, for almost any reason, or no reason at all.” Should a constitution be fair and respect the people.

    So is Sarah a MAVERICK? NADDA. CNN please please post..

    October 11, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. Elle

    of course didn't do anything wrong...hubby did it for her !!

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. katiec

    Well, more lies upon lies to cover lies upon lies.
    You cannot take the voters down the road of lies,
    distortions, unfounded attacks without getting
    caught up with.
    Now the media needs to do their job and expose
    everything else that is out there but ignored by
    the media.
    Mccain/palin have gotten a free ride. It is time
    for it to stop and the media/ap be MADE to do
    the job they are supposed to do.

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. independent

    For a person aspiring for the highest office in the land?

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. kayla

    She abused her power...hmmm...that isn't the qualities that I look for in a VP. And to clear the AIR....Kenya is in Africa. Obama has that light brown skin because he is mixed!!! He's not a muslim.

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. independent

    What is left to "that one". Does she continue to campaign? Shame on both of them (Erratic and power abuser). Can't have such people in the white house. They're going to abuse the power in the white house!

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  22. Susan

    I did read most of the report, Sarah, and you have violated the public trust, which under Alaska law, is an ethics violation per statute.

    Spin it baby, but you did it and there's no turning back now.

    Who is the candidate you can trust? Not Sarah Palin and her omnipresent First Dude, who just can't quite grasp the separation between official duties and personal grudges.

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  23. Robert Steven Goodmiller

    and she wants more power for the Vice President, wow, she is a piece of work "that one is"

    October 11, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. lc in ohio

    Pallisor,
    Hypocrisy???? of the Left, Reasonable Questions to ask mccain Did signing a statement during vietnam renouncing his country put country first? did going on VACTION with and doing favors for Keating is that change from normal washington politics? Is Cheating on Your Wife a Value that Christans hold true to? Picking a Veep that wasnt even properly vetted. What kind of judgement is that? I dont care if you are Republican, Dem, White, Black ,Red, Yellow, Green. The hate that mccain and palin are stiring up at these rallies is disgusting and samefull, we as americans should not stand for this anymore. We are in the 2!st century For god sake. The people At the mccain rallies should be outraged not becuause Barack Obama is ahead in the polls but because They have hitched their Rafts to a ship that Alredy had holes in it before it left the Dock. They should be mad Because they were Duped. And They Are just now Realizing This The Rest of us realized this 4 if not 8 years ago.

    October 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Kristin

    If it walks like a pig, talks like a pig, puts lip stick on and still looks a pig....than its a pig! Talk about a person's character...one question...Will the real Sarah Palin stand up?

    Obama/Biden08

    October 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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