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.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Dem

    considering that Baracks mommy was 18 when she had Barack we need to keep our mouths shut about Palins daughter.
    Stop with the double standards.

    September 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Ronald

    Also I've never heard directly from a candidate with specific information regarding their child going to war in Iraq. As a parent I would avoid details as fanatics would clearly see capturing or harming that person as a prize.

    September 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Ron

    This woman really should step down as the nominee for VP. Sounds like her family needs her more than this country. She is not doing a good job at raising her family.

    September 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Joan in Missouri

    McCain....what were you thinking? You chose your VP with the same discernment as Busch chose Michael Brown to head FEMA . Look at where that got us.

    September 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Tina

    Okay they (Republican Analysts) keep saying, McCain knew all this before making his pick and TODAY they decided to release this information. Ummm great timing, with all the Hurricane Gustav news, but my question is what more does he know about Palin that the public would be interesting in knowing.

    Will we be surprised again next week or better yet next weekend when CNN is reporting on Hurricane Hanna???

    September 1, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. J, FL

    I just love how the demo's are trying everything to dig up any dirt on her they can when the one they just appointed as their candidate said her personal life is off limits. I have no respect for demo's... and this is the party of change? I don't think so, it's a party running scared because the post-convention bounce was canceled.

    I am not a Demo nor Repub, I am Independent that was seriously thinking about Obama/Biden, but not now as I have no respect for anyone, and that means anyone, who says they are a Democrat anymore.

    September 1, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. dee

    The same old thing. More Republican corruption. McCain must have already deoveloped senility to have picked up.

    September 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Clinton's Strong Supporter

    Sarah Palin is strong, walks the walk and talks the talk. Can't wait to hear her speeches.
    With all due respect, Barack is only 3 years older than her. I have been googling this bright lady, just as much as I have Obama, her credentials in public office. Far outweight Barack's. I feel for him. He is charismatic just like our next VP, but frankly he does not hold a candle to her.

    Go McCain / Palin, ALL THE WAY!! to the white house.

    September 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. McWho?

    having 5 kids and a grand on the way is one thing...perfectly fine...but a pending scandal? Mrs. Palin, i know it must have been an honor to be asked to run but it seems a little egotistical and arrogant for you to have accepted given all of your baggage. this is such a distraction during the biggest election in my lifetime...4,100 dead soldiers,1,000,000 innocent Iraqis, 7.000 homes lost each day, the war in Afghanistan, trillions in debt, schools in shambles, record gas and food prices, women's rights, and the list goes on and on...yet Mrs.Palin you allowed McCain's incompetence and pandering and your ego to accept the nomination? i think that speaks volumes about the condition and priorities of the Bush/McCain party...these are the indisputable facts folks: John McCain voted 90% with Bush, he has voted against woman's right, green energy, against vets, he has flip flopped on off shore drilling (until big oil gave him big money) his own immigration bill just to name a few....but most importantly EVERY TOP ADVISOR IN MCCAIN'S CAMP IS EITHER A LOBBYIST OR BUSH EMPLOYEE...if McCain were the Maverick he claims to be, why did he buckle with his VP choice...what else will he buckle for? what are you willing to risk with 4 more years?

    September 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    This was john McCain first oppertunity to make a decision on judgement and if this is an example of whats to come we as Americans are in for a rude awakening

    September 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. Ohio for Obama

    Wow. Two scandals in one day. Now the McCain-Palin ticket will nosedive in the polls. I guess they didn't vet her enough...

    September 1, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  12. norma beattle been sitting here listening to Wolf Blitzer, going on about Mrs. Palins daughter, and firing of her brother_in_law. Wolf you just can't drop those subjects, your worse for gossping,At a time when there are hurricanes, and people losing everything. Wolf quit your trash talk to yourself.Why aren't you trashing Obama, about how he used Bill, and Hillary, then dumped them, like garbage.The best thing you can do is ZIP IT WOLF.

    Mrs. Beattle

    September 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  13. Texan

    The Republicans will say the ONLY reason these issues are coming up is because she is a women.

    Palin cannot hold a candle to Hilary. As a former Clinton supporter and women, I'm offended Rove picked Palin!!

    September 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Los Angeles for Obama !


    September 1, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. mjb

    Mr. McCain sure does have a fetish for younger, beauty queen contestants! He is a sad, pathetic, dirty old man!

    September 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. Andrew

    I think this is a good indicator of the McCain Administration. But I truly don't think even they can keep up the scandal per day pace. I've been surprised before, namely in the last 8 years.

    September 1, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |

    SHE LIES TO MUCH !!!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  18. Jason

    Can CNN or somebody please get the brother-in-laws statement and the statement of the fired police chief ?? I am curious to see what they have to say (before the republicans play it like the last 8 years and get a gag order)

    If any of this story is true, there so no way the republicans should nominate her as VP. John McCain makes the selection but does she not need to be confirmed by the delegates at RNC??

    I am a democrat, regardless this wouldn't sway me, but what scares me isshe could be a heartbeat away from the presidency (and look at who's heart we are taking about) . Even though I fell having Palin on the ticket helps Obama, i would prefer someone else, just in case

    September 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. the Pollitikat

    This goes to the core of Judgement. I believe it also brings to the fore issues around reproductive rights. What are the conservatives saying. When it happens to them the rules are different. They are always talking about god and how the bible should be followed, how the entire country should be governed by their religious belief and standards, yet its ok to bend the rules. Which is it does she believe in choice or not, is this what she wants for americas daughters? If her daughter had chosen she wanted to abort what would she have done? Are they saying its ok to 17 and pregnant. Are they saying children getting married is ok. Is sex before marriage wrong, or is it wrong only for other american. This woman has to answer to her stance on these issues.

    McCain needs to answer questions about his judgement, how could he subject this nation to this kind of soap opera. Now we are being distracted from real issues because we have to investigate the Palins. He had five months to chose a running mate and this was the best he could come up with. Forget about the pregnancy, he chose someone who is under investigation, and he does not know the outcome. I know they say she is not guilty but how do they know the investigation is not complete. This man is incompetant, and should not be trusted in the white house.

    September 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Lune

    I am asking you please stop writing about McPalin she knows how to use a M16 and can get you out of the job if you refuse to do her dirty work. She does have a lot experience, didn't she ask what the VP's job was?


    September 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Marie,San Diego

    Aside from her mounting drama, I still have yet to hear the reasons why she is qualified for vp job. Please no yup, yup, yup answer; just basic platform what a potential vp should do if elected.

    September 1, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    I am an Obama supporter but even I can see that Palin needs to step down. She is a huge distraction and so very under qualified. I believe after researching her alleged abuse of power that she will be found guilty. The evidence against her is very powerful.
    I have to question McCain's judgment in selecting this new comer. She is not ready for prime time and her children need her with them.

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. Jeff

    gary, you are amazing. The difference between Obama and Palin in terms of experience may be negible, but Obama has been vetted for going on 20 months now (some say too much coverage). Sen. McCain picked someone that many non-conservatives don't know much about. And he did it with only 60 days before the election. The media is going to jump through hoops to check into her background because that is what the country wants them to do.

    Of course if you think about it she aslo has more executive experience than John McCain as well. We might as well make her President.

    September 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  24. Lisa

    Some points for Sarah Palin:

    Abstinence only ed – yeah I see that's working out for your family.

    Privacy – forget about it. Your daughter's baby daddy WILL BE NAMED; and his background will be revealed. If the National Inquirer doesn't get you, the Drudge Report will; and CNN and other mainstream media will run it. (Think John Edwards.) P.S. – If this guy is 26 now and has been dating your daughter for three years, what are you doing allowing your 14 year old girl to go out with a grown man?

    Marriage at 17: If you are forcing your daughter to the altar to protect your family values image for the campaign, you have just made Lynn Spears the mother of the year.

    Point to John McCain: If you have foisted this soap opera on the American public, knowing this nonsense was going on (including Troopergate), this shows how bad YOUR judgment is.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Travis

    @Clinton's supporter, I think voting for a vice president instead of a president is a bad decision, but to each their own. Personally, the level of experience means little to me because JFK, one of our greatest presidents, followed a very similar path as Barack. I think what should be looked at are the answers to the issues, and McCain's trickle down, l'aissez faire economic policy will not work. It failed in the past, and it will fail again.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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