September 12th, 2008
04:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Investigator wants subpoena for Palin's husband

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Todd Palin sat with his wife, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, during the final night of the Republican convention."]
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - A special counsel has asked Alaskan lawmakers to subpoena Gov. Sarah Palin's husband and a dozen aides as part of the investigation into Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner.

Todd Palin has been a "principal critic" of his wife's ex-brother-in-law, State Trooper Mike Wooten, and had "many contacts" with Department of Public Safety officials about his status, said Steve Branchflower, the former prosecutor hired by the state Legislature to investigate the firing.

Sarah Palin, now the Republican nominee for vice president, is battling allegations that she and her advisers pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire Wooten - and that Monegan was canned when he refused.

Palin has said she fired Monegan over budget issues and denies any wrongdoing.

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soundoff (726 Responses)
  1. aliou

    So much for the buzz by the pundits. America is so full of racism they are willing to bet our country with such a risque choice

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. George

    She's toast

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Cheryl

    Sounds like Gov. Air-Head's hubby's going to have to learn how to speak after all.

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Andy

    A VP under investigation before she even gets into the oval office. Fantastic, just want America needs. ./shakes head.

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Nick

    I’ve been a lifelong card carrying Democrat. A Democrat who has always been open to voting Republican if I thought that a particular individual was better suited to the office at stake. To be frank, I probably would have voted for McCain in 2000. He truly struck me as a straight-talking no nonsense kind of guy … one who could not be swayed easily without a strong and sound argument. Fast forward to today.

    McCain has chosen to surround himself with suspect company, at best. He’s allowed his leanings to be nipped away by his advisors and now, his VP choice. I’ve always thought him to be a man of honor but after watching the RNC and the subsequent vitriol being spewed out … I question his honor and sense of decency right now. Be careful of the company you keep! It invariably comes back to haunt you.

    As for Obama and experience … I don’t need mountains of specific experience in the President’s office. I need a smart, intelligent, well-informed individual who can lead and inspire and have the good sense to surround themselves with the best and the brightest in the areas of foreign policy, economy, education, energy, healthcare and so on. I believe that Obama has (and has proven as much) a tremendous ability to lead and inspire. I also don’t think anyone would argue the man’s intellect. More importantly, he’s already beginning to surround himself with some of the best in the aforementioned areas of expertise.

    Bottom-line … McCain-Palin is a scary proposition for the future and a risk I’m not willing to vote for.

    BTW: I have a few Russian families that live nearby .. does that make me a foreign policy expert on Russia?!

    September 12, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. USAF Staff Sergeant

    This is what happens when you pick a name from a hat to pick your V.P.

    September 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. The vp became the first lady.......oops

    you can't hide the truth. It is like pregnancy it surely shows. But somehow Sarah Palin was able to go for 7 months with not even a close staff knowing. Even while in labour nobody in the flight knew about it.
    This case may end up being much ado about nothing. Usually the truth prevails, i guess Bush will not try to prevent the truth fom coiming out.

    September 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Banko

    Bush, ROVE Cheney no difference. Wake and take back your country

    September 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. yo


    September 12, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. good2know

    and humpty dumpty came falling down...

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. S.M

    They need to subpoena her husband, especially if he was one of the contributing factors in this individual being fired.

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Chi4Obama

    I'm willing to bet that nothing major will arise from this investigation.

    Palin will probably be cleared.
    The Republicans have already dispatched their cover-up (vetting) team to Alaska.

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    Oh my goodness! More distractions for the Republicans whose focus will be on the Palins and not slanderous Obama ads.

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Dave in Illinois

    Nothing like a good fishing expedition/witch hunt to try to blacken a candidate's image. Remember how loudly the Democrats complained when Ken Starr was "investigating" Bill Clinton. I guess it's OK when they do it, though.

    I think the Democrats and Liberals biggest complaint against Palin is only that she's not a Democrat. Change her party affiliation and they'd be falling all over themselves to praise her. I bet Obama wakes up every morning, thinks about Joe Biden and says to himself, "I could have had a Hilliary."

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Sigh

    It's like she ran her own little Bush administration up there. Ten-to-one they refuse to respond to a subpoena if one is issued.

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Palin 2012


    Go home and take your witch Hillary with you. McCain does not need you anymore to win this election.

    Palin 2012

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. aliou

    The choice of sarah palin was like a slap in the face of all americans by McBush. Lack of preparation was very transparent in this choice but the media will have us think it was thought out.

    I am really ashamed that the republican party relies on ignorance for its core constituency.

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. Kurt in PA

    Let the good times roll suckers!

    September 12, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |


    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. BlameBarack-Colorado

    It's about time!!!! How can he be giving her advice AND working for BP! They are fooling their own state. Most of the citizens of Alaska realize that the rebates are actually going directly back to the oil companies. How dare Sarah!

    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. The Voice of Common Sense (Independent Voter - Charlotte, NC)

    Fair enough, but how does he factor into this?

    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. david



    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Kim

    McCain made an irresponsible choice in Palin. After watching her interview yesterday it is glaringly apparent that she is not ready for the job. As for her experience? Limited to say the least. Palin was very poor choice and if they get elected – we should all be very very scared for our future and our position in the global economy. Bush was more than ‘inadequate’ – he was a DISASTER. McCAin/Palin are MORE OF THE SAME. Do you really trust a man who is so willing and so quick to turn on his party? At his convenience mind you….remember him proudly exclaiming (even with a pump of his arm) that he voted with Geaorge Bush 90% of the time. ENOUGH! I am voting Obama/Biden.

    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. ez

    Reform 101.

    Republican voting for Obama/McCain 08

    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  25. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    good bring out the truth about this radical right conspiracy!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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