September 5th, 2008
03:32 PM ET
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Palin trooper probe moved up 3 weeks

Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten is Palin's ex-brother-in-law.

Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten is Palin's ex-brother-in-law.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Alaska lawmakers Friday moved up their deadline for finishing an investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of the state's public safety commissioner and warned they will begin issuing subpoenas for witnesses next week.

Related: Trooper in Palin probe tells his side

The report into Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan's dismissal had been scheduled for October 31. But now that Palin is the Republican nominee for vice president, lawmakers want to avoid an "October surprise" that could sway the November presidential election, the investigation's managers said.

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  1. Betilu

    I read somewhere that Sarah's brother-in-law actually tasered his 11 year old child. I call that serious child abuse. So which one of us has no problems in our extended families. Most of us do. These problems will become larger as more people become involved.
    I also read where the brother-in-law has stated that he is sorry for his actions and plans to do better. Give this extended family a chance!

    September 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. TonyInKentucky

    This incident while understandable from an emotional standpoint is still wrong. We have due process, rules, and laws for a reason and the Chief Executive is responsible for enforcing them.

    Palin has been proven to perform loyalty purges. I believe we are seeing a pattern of another above the law Republican.

    September 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Toni

    Nothing is gonna happen to her because she is running as the VP


    September 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    She is someone who will abused power. just look at what she did to the trooper. does anybody remember the CIA agent affiar

    September 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. RDS

    Wow...everyone know the republicans we find a shady under handed way to get the case thrown out. They're already trying to get the trial moved to another governing body with member that were appointed by Palin. I imagine this issue will become distant real soon!

    September 5, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Linda of Atlanta

    Has Palin become Karl Rove already? She can't be subjected to a subpoena?

    September 5, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Joyce, ny

    I think it would be wise for Mccain to start looking for a new VP. not too late.

    September 5, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    Cindy & John have to the money to pay off the witness to this so they wont say anything bad about Miss Pretty. Just one more thing to show you how crocked Mccain and his camp are. They thin they are above the law, hope this all crashes down on them and Miss Pretty. Then I will believe justice is done.

    September 5, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Brian

    I love how CNN closes the comments on the Oprah story but will leave comments for anti-Palin stories up for the next 5 days. Great job CNN, continue to push for Obama while the rest of us only see the complete media bias against Palin and for Obama. Next you will find someone, anyone who was in the beauty contest with Palin who will say anything against her. No wonder its called the Communist News Network. Its a shame, back in the early 1990's I really enjoyed watching it so much – how times change.

    September 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. mayah

    Get on the change plain, Obama 08.

    September 5, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Cindy

    This will be swept under the rug & Palin will come out of it squeeky clean. This probe is a waste of time & money. She now have the entire Rep party behind her.
    Palin is a danger to America & its people.
    McCain should have gotten a more reputable VP.

    September 5, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  12. John in Ohio

    Isn't that nice of the state legislature, moving up the ethics investigation of the governor so it doesn't interfere with that governor's campaign for VP?

    September 5, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Will, NJ

    Is it sexist now to bring a female to justice?

    September 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Dori in AZ

    They've agreed not to subpoena Palin herself? Unless she has agreed to cooperate and testify without being served, that's one big stinking salmon!

    If they've agreed not to subpoena her, is it because a deal has been brokered that will benefit Palin and McCain while placing the rest of the country in a quandary?

    September 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. William Spivey

    Seems to me they need to bring the Lipstick Queen home too. Isn't the investigation into her wrong doing?

    September 5, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Roger from CA

    What this says to me is that the GOP fears that there will be a decision against Palin in this, and wants at least a chance to spin it before the election, so they got this moved up a couple weeks.

    Indeed, as some other posters note, WHY isn't Palin herself being subpoenaed, if she is the person being investigated for her actions? CNN: This is the kind of thing that the media is supposed to push on!!!!

    But on a side note, as an Obama supporter, I am a bit concerned that this is a bit of a trap. One of two things will happen: (a) the report will exonerate Palin or give the faintest slap on the wrist; or (b) the report will find serious malfeasance by Palin, but the GOP will be able to make it go away politically, by spinning it as follows:

    The ex-brother-in-law will be painted as a complete scuzzball (from what I've seen and read, may not be too hard, given the whole admitted tasering of the stepson, and the serial failed marriages, etc.), so–technicalities of civil service law aside–why should we blame Palin for doing the "right" thing and seeking his termination; while it may have "broken the rules" to intervene personally, she just happened to have personal knowledge of this guy, and was motivated by love of her dear sister and parents to be sure this guy got his.

    So, whizz-bang, all of a sudden this is a story of a tough, but loving, sister and daughter just trying to do what is "really" right, even if it "bent" some rules. In the end, only "elitists" and hard-core union reps will feel what she did was truly "wrong."

    Twisted, but is that any less twisted than what the GOP does routinely?

    September 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  17. Forrest Gump

    Mama always said to watch out for dem pitbulls. They will bite ya.... and leave ya fatally wounded my friend bubba wuz. She said they dem pitbulls belong locked up somewhere.....somewhere Alaska. She also told me not to let dem pitbulls in the White Hause.....they'll just tear up the new plastic on mama's old sofa. Mama wouldn't like that.

    September 5, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Lesley

    I hope they don't let her railroad them into letting the personnel board investigate her. One of the three members of that board was appointed by Palin herself, and the other two were appointed by her predecessor. She is trying to manipulate the system already! With a charge as serious as this, it rightfully should stay under the jurisdiction of the bipartisan committee of the state legislature to avoid any appearance of impropriety. After all, she is the govenor.

    September 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. The Blind Lady of Justice

    If a BJ with an intern can partially take down a white male president and and a consentual booty call can take down the mayor of a major US city, certainly we should have a VP wanna-be testify by supeona, under oath, so that any petty lie she tells in her defense can be used to drum her out as well.

    September 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. wesley

    What about Bill Ayers... ah all democrats are angels and Obama is the God....ok.... lets forget Obama's past he is cool enough corrupted. From where is him from? ah Chicago....err nice and clean place.

    September 5, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Ardnuas

    Palin is a female George Bush.... she will try to STALL the investigation until AFTER the election, and then the people who voted for her will say..... We were FOOLED again... McCain/Palin speak of FIGHTING, AND WAR none stop. (No way, No how, No McCain)

    September 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. Pam

    How long until someone from McCain's campaign says this is sexist?

    September 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. Obama/Biden

    If anyone has been shocked by an electric fence its not that bad.. geesh.. not like it was a normal taser shock. Just like any kid that is curious and you want to give them an example of it...

    How many kids stick a 9volt battery to their tongue?? Wonder how many dads taught their kid to do it??? Men are boys and always will be boys and sharing insights. Simple as that. I am a girl and Ive gotten shocked by a electric fence wire. I think some of you who are disgusted of the taser need to get a life.

    Goodness people I guess we live in the age now where we bundle our kids up with Charmin toliet paper just to ride a bike now???

    September 5, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Kaylee

    Finally, a woman who stands (and is not afraid to do so) for the rights of unborn babies. Hopefully she will reverse Roe vs. Wade. By the way, the woman who is behind the 1970's lawsuit "Jane Roe" is now a major supporter of the rights of the unborn.

    September 5, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Rottweillers Hump Pitt Bulls

    Palin's attorney for this matter sought to take this out of the legislature and place it in the hands of some "personnel omsbudman".

    Why is she seeking to manipulate the situation to her advantage?

    September 5, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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