February 7th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
9 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. Patrick

    "But a Senate resolution said no one should be punished, because the 10 did submit statements to the investigator, "

    I see. If I committed attempt but sent in a written letter would I be exempt from reprecussion as well?

    February 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Oh republicans are like Teflon. They buck the system when they're in power so nothing sticks.

    February 7, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Lou from CT

    Sounds shady to me. Anyone else would have been jailed.

    February 7, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    February 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Canadian soccer mom

    The Governor says they don't have to show up. They'll do what they want, when they want.

    February 7, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well of course they did, in any state but boon-dog Alaska or the rtiver where "The Deliverence" was filmed, these people whould be on par with Ted Kazinsky or McVeigh and his accomplaces.

    February 7, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Same old

    A Repub admistration feels they are above the law? No surprise here.

    February 7, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Simpliticus

    I am sure that Karl Rove gave ubiquitous advice about his failures to go before the subpoena and of course how to get around this. The Republicans are thinking that these are no longer in Kansas anymore. Now that the Democrats are in control!

    February 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    There's a shock.
    But, of course, nothing will be done about it.
    Right wing politics at its best.

    February 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Chaco

    So I guess anyone can ignore a subpoena now. It was done by members of the Bush administration and now Palin's gang. Don't the "rules" apply to all of us? So if I receive a subpoena from the court or legislature, it's okay to just flip it off. Justice isn't blind after all.

    February 7, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Elizabeth, Philadelphia, PA

    What was the purpose of finding them in contempt if they aren't being punished? This is ridiculous. What was even dumber was the way Palin said she'd been "cleared" when the report proved she obstructed justice. What is going on in Alaska?? Thank God it's not happening in DC...

    February 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Enough of them

    Why not add Dairygate,Bridge to no where,road to no where ,road to Nome , her pipeline , the wardrobe that stayed in Alaska ,her hate speeches .
    Fingernails on a chalk board
    Taking your bath with a baby.
    Any young child would be able to quote what they read and where are you Sarah on this ?Duh

    February 7, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Sara from Arizona

    I see the endless obsession with Sarah Palin continues at CNN.

    February 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Fred

    ...first we must understand that there is three different levels of laws...United States laws, State of Alaska laws, and Palin laws...under Palin law, the Palins can do what they want and disregard all other laws...yes in their world Palin law rules...now if you or I were found in contempt we would be punished

    February 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. therealmarie

    Todd is probably the best thing that has ever happen to Sarah. Afterall, he serves as her functioning brain. What a sad corrupt family.

    February 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. ohnation

    The powerful get away with committing crimes eh? Is a regular person did that they would get time. Our justice system is flawed and corrupt and needs to be changed.

    Down with the wealthy. We need a revolution to get rid of these criminals.

    February 7, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. lumberman

    So what is the news here then! The libs just have to try to push themselves around to think they are so good at what they do...nothing! LOL! Screw the lib freaks!

    February 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. RK

    The same old rhetoric from the RNC what a shame! Condecending remarks. The voters today are smarter, and will be looking for cleaning house of the remainder of the Bushed years. Talk about eights years of going about destroying the American way of life. I am a retired U.S. Army Colonel and all the values we taught to soldiers about treating prisoners of war humanly will have to be retaught now. The incredible suicide rate and demoralized military establishment. Look what the years gave us as deregulation of banking industry, FDA control and inspections, toys and food items, along with the failed SEC and no one accepts responsibility for past eight years. All that was done was rubber stamped now by a Republican controlled House and Senate – suddenly the RNC is so righteous because of a new chairman. What a joke! Americans are smarter than the rhetoric coming from the RNC..same old tone.

    February 7, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Tom in Delaware

    Isn't it nice to know that the Alaskan Senate's opinion actually means nothing, kinda like our opinion of our own national Senate...they just do what they want to without any regard as to the will of the people.

    Glad to see the name Sarah Palin staying in the news though.

    February 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. Carl from MI

    You, me, or anyone else would have been prosecuted.

    Amazing how these corrupt people always get off the hook...

    February 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Confused

    Why is Todd Palin on here? He's not news worthy... hell he didn't even run for office so why are we still talking about him? With everything that is going on in the country (and the world) Trooper-gate is the least of my concerns right now.

    February 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Howard

    If Sarah Palin is the face of the Republican, the next election will be a sweep for the Democrats. This is an individual who has no idea. There are other valid candidates, Romney, Jindal and a few others. If the Republican wants to broaden its appeal, it must choose good candidates with Jindal being my favorite and rethink not core values but divisive issues that do not compromise those values.

    February 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Robin

    Don't you people think if she did something wrong, it would have come out. Next time tell her brother in law not to use his police issued taser to taser is 10 year old step son.

    February 7, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. WI

    What's the point in finding him in contempt if you're not going to punish him. Guess it pays to be married to the Gov. of Alaska, you don't have to obey the laws and if you get into trouble, just cry sexism or liberal bias.

    February 7, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. mike

    I think the public thinks that this women is so incompetent that they simply don't care anymore about anything she does. By the way incompetent is the nicest way i can put it.

    February 7, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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