October 11th, 2008
09:09 AM ET
10 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. k

    This woman has no shame or ethics what-so-ever. She has done enough damage to the McCain ticket. It is time for her and Todd to shut up and step down.

    If there is one (or should I say two) reason to be pointed out when McCain loses the election, the Palins will standout without contest.

    October 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. James From Chicago




    October 11, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Angela

    It would be quite pathetic if this woman is given further powers, i.e. VP of the USA. She should be asked to step aside as she breached her state power in firing the gentlemen. Sarah lacks in intellectual reasoning, lacks knowledge on the economy and basically is used by the "big boys" in the Repubs party. It is quite pathetic the way they are USING her. She put women's progress in all facets back 40 years and the causes women are fighting for. he should step aside and try to regain her integrity.

    October 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. minka from "the show me" state

    This only the beginning of Palin's misdeeds. There will be more to come once the entire report is revealed.

    Question- Did McCain investigate any of Palin's political background before he decided she was to be his V.P???

    October 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. jean

    Of course she denies any wrong doing...did anyone expect her to say anything else?
    She is a dangerous person – and her rants and raves against Senator Obama prove to me that she is unfit to be in any office.
    Yes, sure, yesterday John McCain "quieted down" his audience – but, he and Palin are the ones that have been whipping them up all month.
    I expect to see burning crosses and hoods at their next rally.

    October 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Michael

    McCain's campaign knew about Trooopergate they figured they could kill it or prolonge it till after the campign, they taught wrong. McCain's judgment is in question here, he selected Palin with minimal experience and with this hanging over her head, proves he put himself over his country to get elected. McCain is losing in the polls and with this Troopergate business which is a distraction from his campaign, the economy in the shape its in his chances are growing slimmer by the minute.

    October 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. APS in Hawaii

    As a grandmother and mother, I find it appalling that the trooper did not get fired and prosecuted for tasering his 10-year old stepson. Why wasn't he fired over that? I agree with the Governor on this issue, the bum should have been thrown out. If the commissioner was too wimpy to fire him, then I agree with what she did. We need leaders, not wimps.

    October 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |

    »WAKE UP Americans!!= John "Honest Man" McCain is the RIGHT man for America. OF COURSE!

    October 11, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Anne

    I did read the report..several times. Conclusion. You abused your Power with your vendetta against your Bro-In-law. So..lie # 1000+

    October 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Doug

    Typical smear job by the left wing liberal media elite.

    October 11, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Ms Gunn

    I bet you that she does deny it! Is that why she was trying to prolong the troopergate scandal, because she didn't abuse her power???

    I have a bridge in st. louis, that I would love to see anybody

    October 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Linda

    She didn't read the report obviously.

    October 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. spiculari

    Breaking the state's ethical law is pretty much the definition of unethical ms. plain...

    October 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. Harmony

    Who is Sarah Palin?

    Since we all know McCain did not really want to pick her, is she the pick of Bush and Cheney? The more we read about her, see the facts, and listen to her rhetoric she sounds just like what WASHINGTON already has – a bunch of lying Pharisees who can never do any wrong.
    No one is without SIN before we judge ourselves we should first look at ourselves and find our own faults.

    October 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Ras-Disputin

    Typical Miss Goodie 2 Shoes...deny deny deny

    October 11, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. ben

    come on Sarah, you're goin down, down DOWN!

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. kim in GA

    Guilty! so now she can quit the race and go back to Alaska and fight for her govenor job. It would be funny if she dyed her hair blond, she's a real airhead.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Bob

    She is so qualified to be VP. Dick couldn't be prouder.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. Selva

    Did you research how Michelle Obama got 200,000 Dollars Pay rise in a year after Obama become senator?
    I Know, no media will research that. It is OK, if Obamas gets some favour, he can do anything he want.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. Mário A,

    So is this how she will act as vice-president or as President?
    Fire whoever she wants, or because Todd said so, or because her little daughter said so?


    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. kimetics

    I think the nobel thing for McCain to do is to go back to the drawing board, ask Palin to step down , and pick a VP candidate that will be America FIrst..... I am completely dissapoint with the McCain camp.

    The first words out of Palin mouth should have been, I am sorry. It was bad judgement on my part.

    The camp has some serious damaged control to do in the 24 days.. Basically to restore the Repubican Reputation and placing the country first.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Sety

    Warning, Citizens of United States get it, this woman will abuse her power if she is elected as vice president or president.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Joe 6 pack...that's an insult

    I normally don't comment on these blogs due to the hateful and angry comments that people leave but I feel as if this election is becoming a joke with these people. Come on! She's been saying she had nothing to hide for so long. Then doesn't cooperate with the investigation and now they find that she abused her power she states that the report is wrong. I'm almost at a lost for words about her. But that's not even the worst part. After seeing how angry one guy got at one of McCain's townhall meeting, I'm just shocked at the level of hate people can have towards another human being. Those are the same people who reelected Bush...unbelieveable! How can we be the greatest nation in the world when we have the most ignorant people. I don't know about Obama's experience but at least from what I've seen so far he at least makes some sound judgements.

    October 11, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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    October 11, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Chris

    Of course she will deny abusing her power. I dont even think she knows what abusing her power means. She does not deserve being governor of Alaska, let alone potential VP of the U.S. But of course, with the ignorance that runs flammboyantly through the U.S, I wonder how many people will believe her denyal.

    October 11, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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