September 1st, 2008
05:52 PM ET
15 years ago

Palin has hired lawyer as trooper probe continues

(CNN) - Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hired a lawyer three weeks ago to act on her behalf as state legislators investigate whether she may have abused her power in firing the state police chief for refusing to fire her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper, CNN has confirmed.

A report of findings of a legislative inquiry that began several weeks ago is currently slated to be released just days before Election Day.

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  1. Kenny

    This'll be page six news by election day. If anything once that curtain closes all bets are off, despite what the media reports. Question is, will anyone be willing to vote McCain (and in my opinion screw themselves over) so a black man doesn't become president? Or will people put race aside and vote intelligently?

    If the former is true imagine what the rest of the world will think, especially the British tabloids...

    September 1, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. ron r

    Why would I want someone who sounds more like she is addressing the PTA or a Bunko party than the country, to be the vice president of the United States of America and a heartbeat away from being our president??? Lighten me please!!

    September 1, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. mississippi for obama

    I am shocked at CNN, especially Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer. If this would have been senator obama, they would have had this going on until election day. This issue about her being under investigation is very disturbing to me, because if she is elected, she would be a heartbeat away from being the president, if something happens to McCain. You talk about Obama not having experience, but Obama has been vetted for 19 months, but this lady scares me, because, noone really knows her. Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper had a discussion about reverend wright everyday. This makes me question these commentators. I feel if you cannot be equally fair on your reporting, you need not be a part of these major news broadcast. I can say i really miss TIM RUSSERT, this guy was the best at what he did, and you could tell, he was not a part of CNN. Mr. Russert was a fair man. I pray for senator obama, and i hope he becomes our president, and because of the treatment he has received from alot of the news media, it makes me more motivated to get out and register more people to vote,and to also make sure they are at the polling place early november 4th.

    September 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. Michael Bird

    The investigation thing? If I knew the State Trooper was driving his cruiser under the influence, if he tasered my nephew for fun, if he threatened to kill my parents...DUH!

    September 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Republican911

    Is there still time for the Republicans to choose a different Presidential candidate? And then have that person pick a real V.P.

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Independent in NC

    From what I've read, the ex brother-in-law had a history of questionable conduct, including using a taser on his child. There is also some evidence that there were disagreements between Palin and Monegan about how the department was run for around 18 months. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

    September 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Jane_PA

    I am what they term a republican 'values voter' from PA who strongly identifies with Mrs. Palin. However, when I heard the news of her legal issues, daughter's 'blessing' and her husband's DUI – I can no longer support this choice. McCain must have known and is only using them as divisive issues to draw attention away from real concerns – rather than attempting to deal with the difficult times that our country faces (particularly here in central PA).

    I don't believe we can take 4 more years of lies, deception and moral improprieties. In fact, I am ASHAMED that I thought he might be good for the country... I will be voting for Obama come fall.

    September 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. susanne

    Palin should withdraw matter what else she might be, good or bad, she simply must recognize she has no right to be one step from the presidency of the United States....if she loves her country she will step down.

    September 1, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. HH

    What does it say about a man's value and judgement, given what he knows from his "years of experience" just how gruelling an election campaign process is, still decides to put the poor 17-yr old and her whole family through the public scrutiny.

    September 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Jim

    AMERICA now is the time to think if ever there was a time to think. With the many problems that face our country from health care, to the war in Iraq that is draining all of our resources to a troubled economy....who would be the most likely team to apply high level thinking to solve these problems? A man who has served in our national senate, was a poor student and admits to knowing very little about economy or technology and a running mate who graduated with a degree in communications (which by the way took 6 years to get and three colleges) or a team of two U.S. Senators, both lawyers and graduates of top colleges and universities. Please! Stop being rediculous and THINK. This is not a PTA election or a Student Senate election it is an election for President of the UNITED STATES. It is all about our safety at home as well as abroad. This is serious business and if people can't use common sense here and see what has to be done, put aside those petty party feelings, then we are in really big trouble. STOP AND THINK! Stop and think about something really going wrong in the world or at home and who is really going to be able to work it out.

    September 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  11. helen estanislao

    i wondering where is palin's mother now? if she knows where her mother is does she still have a connection with her?

    September 1, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Kayce

    If she didn't do anything wrong, why does she need a lawyer? Also, isn't it ironic that the Repubs are sending out this info on the same day that Gustav strikes the gulf coast?? They are hoping that the news of the storm waves cover the Palin storm that's going to destroy their chances for the white house.

    September 1, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  13. Bademus

    Um, who would rather win an election than win a war?

    Looks like McCain's gamble on drumming up some "celebrity" of his own might not pay off like he had hoped.

    September 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Mark

    Give it a couple more weeks of skeletons coming out of the closet, and McCain will have to fire Palin, get Romney, prove that he has ZERO judgement, and Obama will win by a landslide.

    Maybe McCain will carry Alabama. Maybe.

    September 1, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Sandy

    I think Mrs. Palin should be concerned about serving her dysfunctional family rather than serving the nation. There's the saying that charity begins at home. I think that in this instance, REFORM needs to begin at home.

    September 1, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. mike

    Nice. She raises her daughter to get pregnant while still in high school and now she tries to fire an ex-brother-in-law. Nice choice McCain.

    September 1, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Anthony

    Will we pay the price the next four years as well. We need to vote with our mind and not our heart. Who can afford to have McCain follow Bush. When you continue to do the same things you will get the same results. Think before you vote.

    September 1, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. leslie

    She is packaged as a reformer ....but her ethics are being questioned in a investigation. More of a window into McCain's judgement and decision making process.

    September 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  19. Jazz

    I am just NOT impressed with McCain or Palin ...

    September 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. CB

    She's so inexperienced – she doesn't even know she abused power!

    September 1, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Mary Ellen Reed

    With five children- three of whom are in crisis ( a four month old down syndrome child, a pregnant teenager and a son about to go to war), how can any parent- father or mother- take on a high pressure job 5,000 miles away from home?

    This is not a person that I admire or respect in any way and has greatly diminished my opinion of John McCain.

    I hope that the "family values" party looks long and hard at their choice.

    Mary Ellen

    September 1, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Unhappy Republican now for Obama

    She supported Ted Stevens before she was against him. She supported the bridge to no where before she was against it.

    In the Governor's office in less than 2 years and she is already under an ethics probe. She claims that being a mother of 5, a PTA member, the only unindicted Republican able to capture the office of Governor qualifies her for the office of VP of the United States of America. She is for teaching CREATIONISM in schools. SHE IS AGAINST ABORTION EVEN IN CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE INCEST, RAPE, AND HEALTH OF THE MOTHER. Now his team decides to "vet" her. Like George Bush, he will have us in another war based on false intelligence because he is not cautious. He is political.

    I'll say it – John McCain will put this Country at risk in order to win an election. McCain does not have the judgement or temperament to be the President of the United States.

    September 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. LYNN

    Baracks Mother WAS MARRIED....this woman can't handle her own family yet they think she can run this country and handle REALLY important decisions! AND BARACK IS NOT A MUSLIM...somehow we must listen to the real facts in this election & STOP SPREADING FALSE INFORMATION we read online. Lets be honest here..she was chosen because she is a woman & McCain is hoping to get disgruntled Hillary voters. Are they so shallow that they would vote for ANY WOMAN even if she is not qualified...if so we are in more trouble than we can all imagine!! O'Bama listens to all sides and has great ideas for all Americans (yes including Republicans). Lets hope the news people go after the facts with the same energy as investigating Rev. Wright.

    September 1, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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