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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  1. Dora Kearsley

    Why did McShame rush to get a female V.P. candidate? It has been poor family morals, over polishing up Ms. Sarah, pushing her down are throats. When are we going to say this candidate is a high risk for our country and demand she not remain as a V.P. candidate.

    September 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. ms j

    What's really funny about all of this is back in Dec thru Feb when Obama was ahead in the primaries, Hannity, Limbaugh, Fox news etc. (Operation Chaos) sent spies to Obama's church had videos taken even stooped as low to pretend they were members of that church in order to obtain secret visitations with sick people to get as much negativity as possible so Obama's chances of winning would be slim. These people used inside folk within the congregation of that church to commit evil. Now that we as Americans want to KNOW WHO PALIN IS, she's now become off limits! Before when they were presenting her, she was HANDS ON! I am glad these investigators are looking into this and if the Attorney Gen doesn't believe Palin and her family has nothing to hide then prove it. The atty gen doesn't want the American people to know what really went on because HE was put in that position by Palin, the Gov. and He will do whatever it takes to stop ,stall or hinder the process so no one will discover her past performances, believe me based on what I've seen of Palin she is very vindictive.

    September 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Jocely

    Notice McCain agree with Obama on the message of change and all this time Obama has been the Advocate of change.
    For two years Senator Obama advocate for change. The Clintons and the Republican machine thought Obama fearlessly. Both parties shred Senator Obama and his message of change.

    This is the first time in history for a candidate to run his primary and the general election. Senator Obama is the only candidate who ever had both the republican and the democrat parties run against him during the primary election.

    Senator Obama, you have earn this position and for that you deserve to be present. You have shown patient, understanding, good judgement, and the strength to be a real leader during tough time.

    September 12, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Jay Graham, Dallas, TX

    I think this story will backfire Dems rather than Salin. She will argue that knowing the fact that her brother-in-law was crooked cop who drove drunk, tasered his stepson and all kinds of wrong doings which was admitted publicly on CNN. Why would any sensible governor keep this man on the job? And his supervisor who refused to fire him got axed. When american people hear that argument, they will support the governor. It was stupid for Dems to bring this issue!

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. t.j

    Why does he have to be subpoena?
    McCain is a POW.

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. greenfun

    Smells like Democrat desperation. The polls sure don't look good for them.

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Bell Tolls Inc.

    Why is it that seemingly every country in the world can see that Obama is the right candidate at the right time, and that McCain-Palin are exactly like the overzealous, slash and burn political figures of elections past, but Americans seem to be ready to make another disturbing blunder and vote McCain-Palin into office???

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. BS VA

    People in America seem to increasingly act personally defensive about their political alignments. A person acts as if insulted personally when their beliefs and facts are challenged, or even when their favorites are attacked in any way, internalizing the challenge as some kind of commentary on their own intelligence or ability to make decisions. This creates a powerful political force–and indignant, affronted electorate who treats every conflict like a black-and-white war.

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Gerald in Georgia

    He has nothing to worry about. McCain & Palin will blame the media and the media will blame Obama!

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. sara, az

    but did she blink???

    September 12, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. CA 4 Obama

    There's a lot we don't know about this couple. For those of you voting for McCain/ Palin- watch out!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Carol Fox-Good

    Sara Palin is the new Chancy Gardner. Trouble is I don't think Peter Sellers ever imagined something this insane could really happen!

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. rene

    why are the obama camp afraid tp say she blunder in her interview yesterday, and the media just keep on placating to the rnc, it's sickening, nov can'tget here soon enough and victory will be won, in ohio, the dems will win ohoi, you got that mccain we don't care how many negative ads you run. we are not falling for it why don't you stay out of ohio, you bring nothin but lies nd hegativity and it will cease in nov

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    I want to know what the Palin's – both of them – have been up to running the state of Alaska. It's a fair request since if elected Palin would be a heartbeat away from a man who would be the oldest POTUS we have ever elected, has a history of cancer and who's body has been ravaged by his POW experiences.
    If the "First Dude" is messing around in state politics as an unelected official I want to know so I can have some idea of what to expect from both of them if the McCain/Palin ticket is successful and he's called upon to mess around on his wife's behalf.

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. mike

    Oh, and Obama was very impressive last night at the National Service Forum. Howdy Doody McCain looked like he had a big load in his depends.

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. kim makoni

    good there is something fishy about this woman . obama might be right she is a pig in other words another dick cheney ,she doesn't care how many wars we get our selves in . what a hipocit one minute , i dont believe in abortions , but i can send all my children to war , if she is not scared to send her own why wouldnt she call a call up on the first day of office noooooooooooooo wayyyyyyyyyyyy palin/macain
    go obama /biden 2008-16

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Ardnuas

    GREAT.... Sarah Palin is trying to BLOCK the subpoenas....she is just like George Bush.... or WORSE. The media needs to find out WHY her husband was receiving COPIES of OFFICIAL emails.

    September 12, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Bar Set Low

    When interviewed last night, Palin did not know what the Bush Doctrine was. But, she is an excellent liar. She just spoke in generalities like she knew what it was. Than, after it was defined for her, she gave a follow-up response like she knew what it was all along. Bush is to blame for this. He has set the bar so low for who can become President, that now we have to deal with the Palin types.

    September 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. fran from canada

    Susanne, I guess if Palin wasn't all about secrets and scaried to speak to the press if it wasn't a prepared speech, then there wouldn't be much too talk about. The States politicaly has become a joke and lost the respect of some many countries. McCain thought since Hillary wasnt on the ticket bring in an female and win at what every cost. He has to have Palin with him to get a crowd so in actually fact they are for him but for her. Its sad.

    September 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Out here in the real world, we really wish you reporters would stop interviewing each other. Quite frankly we don't care what you think. We just want fair coverage of the news. You know information, not conjured up misrepresentation of what some one elses said.
    Since the invent of 24 hour news programing, it seems to hard for the news media to find ways to fill all of that air time. So, you pick a story to death. You insult the viewers intellegence daily, restating what political figures have said, you edit the coverage until it reflects what you want it to say for your own political preference. We really do not need you to analize every speech. We can think for our selves.
    You ask smug selfrighteous questions, that you answer, before allowing the other person to answer. I am dismayed and disgusted by the way most news reporters have treat some candidates.
    Here's a question for you and I would really be interested in the answer. What is it that is so attractive about liberal
    democrates that makes you all so giddy to show them such favor? Are you all just star struck? Do you think that you are somehow more important because you cater to the liberal left? Seriously, why does it seem that all news chanels appear to be nothing but in the bag for the liberal agenda. You may be suprized to find that there are quite a few of us who still want to preserve this nation and protect the rights of the people of the United States of America. I fear you would sell this nation to the highest bidder if you thought it would further your careers. News coverage is a sham. MSNBC is by far the worst.
    God help us all and protect us form a media that may just destroy us.

    September 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  21. Lady

    =============paLien=G.Bush are above the law====

    shame on u to think otherwise...................................................

    September 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  22. j

    What a joke! Obama has his people spending money up there to raise a fuss and make a controversy. Obama is a pathetic excuse for an American. The fact that he's a nominee is unbelievable. He's a Marxist.

    September 12, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. GARedNeck

    I am so tired of all this, and I blame Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh for most of it. We used to be able to discuss differences in politics without resorting to name-calling and dragging families into it. Maybe if Palin and her family get smeared by all the mad being slung around Republicans will call off their Karl Roves and Rush Limbaughs, and America can get back to being a civil country. Meanwhile, we need to elect Obama and Biden in the upcoming election.

    September 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. JV

    Hey Speider....did you hold that same standard to Bill Clinton when he was "fibbing" back in the 90's. So typical of the double standard. I bet Bill Clinton is your hero.

    September 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Boston

    This is why we can't get more good people to run for office, what's next, maybe Sarah Palins dog bit the mailman. Go get the story CNN.

    September 12, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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