September 1st, 2008
05:52 PM ET
11 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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soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. John in Charlotte NC

    Don't worry sis, I'll have that mean ex of yours fired, I'm the Governor now and I do what I want.

    September 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Perusing-through


    1 – First “I-didn’t-know-Obama-was-going-to-take-me-serious-and-go-to-Iraq-gate”
    2 – Then "I-change-my-mind-on-timetable-gate"
    3 – Then "ParisHilton-gate",
    4 – Then "Ask-my-staff-how-many-homes-I-have-gate"
    5 – Next, “Take-inexperience-off-the-table-gate"
    6 – Then "Alaska-trooper-gate"
    7 – And now "baby-gate"

    The Republican Party still have plenty of time to reshuffle the deck, hold new Republican primaries with the previous top three candidates, and still have an RNC nomination before November 4th general election.

    September 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. nomorewars

    nice. another corrupt republican vice? no way! what is happening to this country? i know that answer...i just cannot say.

    September 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. Billy

    What happened to "hold me accountable"? I guess Rove convinced her to get a lawyer now.

    I hope America stops seeing gender and just bases their decision on Palin's acts and character. It's obvious she is completely wrong for VP.

    Babygate (which isn't over, many believe there is more to this)
    Mayorfiringgate (wait a couple days for MSM to pick this one out)

    and who knows what else... it's only been 72 hours.

    September 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. JOHN


    September 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |


    September 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Usually, if there's smoke, there at least has been a fire, if not still one smoldering.

    Look, this fits perfectly with President Bush keeping anyone from being subpoenaed over the illegal things that may have occured in the White House – from the Iraq war to the Justice Dept's illegal hiring/firing practices.

    If nothing was really wrong, I doubt that she'd have to hire an attorney.

    Or, as much as Republicans like to harp against attorneys, it sure is odd how they quickly will hide behind one if there's any problem they don't want to address head on.

    September 1, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Kiran


    1) She's a hockey mom who wants to be the V.P. of the most powerful country on earth...a hockey mom!!

    2) She is a social conservative with a pregnant teenage daughter,

    3) She is supposedly ethical but is under investigation for ethics violations,

    4) McCain met her only once.


    September 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Adrienne

    I think we need to wait for more details. It will be reported on.. but right now NO has gotten hit again and both Mccain and Obama are putting the focus on the needs of the people. Politics can wait. 🙂

    September 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. MrObvious

    Corruption junction...what's your function...

    September 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Nick - Arlington, VA

    got to love the judgment of McCain....quite the smart pick

    September 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Gene

    Dish it out people. Democracy at is best.

    September 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. used to be independent, but not now

    Uh oh-shallow people sink deep, and there's sharks in the water.

    I must say it, "Bad decision by the McCain campaign."

    The media will eat this lady alive...

    September 1, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Brian

    If I had all these issues to face, I would not be able to focus on being VP, .... and I have more Executive experience than Sarah Palin

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  15. great work!

    The Republicans continue to march forward in corruption and incompetance,

    IT almost feels like they are DARING red staters to vote for them.

    Like, "I bet you won't vote for us if we suck THIS much...."

    and yet, the country still turns a blind eye, deaf ear and numb tongue to it.

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Jan in the 'live free or die' state

    A politician being investigated? How amusing....

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Hank

    how do these crooks continue along? WAKE UP PEOPLE this country is doomed if McCain and Palin win! along with Emperor Palpatine aka Liebermann

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  18. Chris, Antioch, CA

    6. Right out of the gate she offends those aforementioned Hillary supporters by claiming that Hillary was a whiner during the primaries and dropping the shout out from the stump speech on the second day, when that aforementioned crazy, rabid base booed the mention of her name.

    7. McCain tapped her for his VP knowing that there is an executive abuse scandal brewing with her. Apparently, she used her executive privilege to fire a perfectly competent safety commissioner when she couldn't pursue a personal vendetta against her brother-in-law.

    8. Supposedly the GOP is trying to define her as some kind of maverick and reformer (the same myths said about McCain). But the truth is that now we realize that she used to work for Ted Stevens, she was thumbs up for the Bridge to Nowhere (of which she's already lied about), and she even bragged after getting into the Gov office that she would work with the Congressional Alaskans to bring pork back to her state.

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. Sherre

    The RNC's new "fresh face" is starting to stink!

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. Perusing-through


    I just received information from a creditable news group that Republicans have hired an investigation unit to go back to Alaska and do thorough background checks. Apparently, if there was vetting done by John McCain team, it is not leaving the Republican Party feeling comfortable.

    Once again, the "Maverick" McCain is taking risk with critical national issues. Having a questionable candidate on the ticket without thorough background checks is UNFORGIVEABLE!!!

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. Kathy

    An abuse of power cannot be overlooked. After AG Gonzales I don't know what John McCain was thinking to select someone with an active investigation going on. JUDGEMENT – McCain fails in this category.

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. the truth sets you free

    The whole GOP is a tradegy.
    Asking for donations looks so fake!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. WA

    Both McCain and Palin are ignorant. This keeps the McCain supporters in limbo...I can't believe it. What was McCain thinking?

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Ray

    Gov. Palin brought to the Republican ticket a "record of reform" and "teenage pregnancy."

    She surely "reformed" sex abstinence and has shown an "impeccable" record of family values that will "guide" the nation.

    In this election, she took:

    Experience off the table

    Economy off the table

    Ethics off the table

    Morality off the table

    More issues will soon be off the table. And the Republican party will be off the table.

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. McCain=Bush

    Okay, so let me get this straight; Palin's 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant, her husband was arrested for DWI, and she has now hired a lawyer because she is accused of abusing her power while in public office.

    Wow! nice job McShame. Don't you think it would have been a good idea to not select someone you had only met once, and talked to over the phone once? So much for your experience and good judgement. Whatever happened to country first?

    September 1, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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