February 7th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
6 years ago

Sarah Palin's husband, aides found in contempt

Todd Palin, shown campaigning in Virginia in 2008, didn't testify, but submitted a statement in the case.
Todd Palin, shown campaigning in Virginia in 2008, didn't testify, but submitted a statement in the case.

(CNN) - Todd Palin and nine aides were found in contempt Friday by the Alaska Senate for failing to appear to testify in the Legislature's "troopergate" investigation of his wife, Gov. Sarah Palin, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Democratic Party said.

But a Senate resolution said no one should be punished, because the 10 did submit statements to the investigator, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The investigation concerns the governor's firing of the state's public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan.

A bipartisan commission in the state Legislature investigated allegations that Palin fired Monegan after he refused to sack her ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten. The governor, first elected in 2006, has denied wrongdoing.

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  1. REG in AZ

    They do get their attention, one way or another, don't they?

    February 7, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. CNN please post my comment!

    What now, her husband making OLD news? Please do not torment the nation with these people. Keep them buried in icy Alaska!

    February 7, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Dixie az

    They don't deserve punishment? What? If I had been called to testify before my state senate and refused to do so? Jail time for me. OK, citizens of Alaska, you'd best step up and impeach the Palins, since the whole tribe seems to rule your state without honor and authority.

    February 7, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Connie

    This is unacceptable. They were found in contempt but there will be no punishment?!

    What sort of message does this send to the average joe six pack? the average joe the plumber? What would happen to the average joe who ignores a subpoena like they did?

    Ridiculous. Open transparent Palin adminstration? HOGWASH!

    February 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. AC

    Naughty, naughty CNN. Michael Steele may have broken campaign finance laws and there is a big, fat NOTHING on your website about it. You're red underwear are showing!!!

    February 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Big John

    After reading the transcripts it was clear to me that Todd was intervening in state buisness on Sarahs behalf. She should have been impeached.

    February 7, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. John

    This whole Troopergate needs to be investigated completely since we have Sarah pretending to be a national leader and after Bush we don't need any more corrupt leaders.

    February 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Baze

    Who cares. The G.O.P. is turning into the equivalent of a Jerry Springer episode.

    February 7, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. snuggs

    This is what they wanted all along, for this story to drop when things are quiet. Get it out now and over with. Doesn't make these people any less corrupt.

    February 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Why

    Why is this still news?

    February 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. huh

    ooh, ooh, lemme guess.... In a month or so she is going to have her aides declare she had done nothing wrong.

    February 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Denise

    She denied wrongdoing? Even when she's found guilty, she denies wrongdoing. She seems to believe that if you tell a lie enough times, it becomes the truth. Very chritianlike, Sarah.

    You almost cost our country the chance to elect a tremendous leader with your lies and by inciting hate and division.

    Shame on you. Shame on Faux News and Conservative Talk Radio for perpetuating your lies and spreading propaganda.

    You are evil.

    February 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  13. ray

    please , please media, stop covering these palins, please i beg of you. i wish one day i get out of bed and see on the news all republicans has vanished for the earth so we could have a better country and a better world.

    February 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. Rob

    What a crock of BS. When any of us get supeanoed try sending in a
    letter. HAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Contempt equals jail. Yet their are still fools who don't understand this WHOLE family is a bit wierd.

    February 7, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. JPM

    I'm sick of the Palin's. CNN give it a rest.

    February 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. mike

    At least he paid his taxes.

    February 7, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  17. GP

    We're from the government. We don't have to testify.

    Apparently eight years of poking the law in the eye wasn't enough for some folks. They'll keep Palin around (like palling around with terrorists?) for the next couple of years until the 2012 campaign cycle starts up.

    Alaska, the biggest welfare state in the union. Go figure they don't believe in the law.

    February 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. wasabe kid

    I see that Alaskans like to elect legislators with no guts.

    February 7, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Bill

    Illegitimate children, criminal behavior, I know I don't want them moving into the trailer next to me! Or even into our entire trailer park!

    February 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Why are they not being punished? How can we continue to have leaders that believe that they are above the law and expect to have a society based on the rule of law? This is a another shameful example of the abuse of power by those hired to protect us.

    February 7, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Oh No!

    Why weren't they found in contempt back in October 2008? Why is this news worthy now? The Palins are paying quite well to stay in the news. CNN I hope that you are getting something for helping to keep them there.

    February 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  22. Why

    Dear CNN – "Life birth abortion" is actually a murder. Your man, Barack Hussein Obama, whil in the Illinois state legislature fought to allow doctors and would be mothers the "right" to commit these murders. CNN's active, daily, and very vocal support of all Obamist policy makes CNN complicit in the crimes.

    February 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    This is not surprising since Mr. Palin calls for Alaska to become its own country with its own laws.

    February 7, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. Fred

    Yeah, they say now there is no reason to go further. But then they did get the intended effect, Tearing down Governor Sarah Palin, Eh? But then that is Black liberation theology 101. Tear it down, build it back the way they want it. Starting with God.

    February 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Jake

    what a joke? Statements are not the equivalent of testimonial evidence where the individual can be properly interrogated. It's just sad that politics have reached such lows in this country. How is it that Mr. Palin is not punished for failed to appear before the senate presumably pursuant to a subpoena.

    February 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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