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

Investigator wants subpoena for Palin's husband

Todd Palin sat with his wife, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, during the final night of the Republican convention.

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. CB

    Spouses are off limits.

    That said – why is Palin getting treated like a little, weak woman who needs protecting from the big, bad media? She is tuff as she has shown.

    Could it be because she isn't ready to face the nation yet? Since every time she opens her mouth her words are scripted for her?

    Listen, she sprang onto the scene less than 2 weeks ago. People want to know where she stands. I don't think that's too much to ask since she might be President one day.

    If McCain doesn't release her soon, she might go down in history as the least vetted President in U.S. history. Even GWBush was known better than she is.

    September 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. green texan

    as if every politician in this country hasn't abused their "power" in some way! kennedys, clintons, gore??? just to name a few from the blue side (this comment section isn't long enough to name them all)

    such a ridiculous bone to pick. RIDICULOUS!

    dems, you must be getting really nervous!

    September 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. scared

    What is the significance of Town hall meetings?? What is Mccain's point. Can someone help me understand.

    September 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Bobby from MS

    Is this the best liberals can come up with? Better luck in 4 years!

    September 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. strong

    The media shine of the lovely Sarah (cough..) has faded. The public's initial love affair with her has ended. Now we will see the real Palin family for it really is. And it ain't the Cleaver family, let me tell ya.

    September 12, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. tonyP

    are these the kind of fishing for dirt stories we have to look forward to with McCain as president? doesn't it just make us all just want to vote for Obama so we can have only inspired puff pieces and political news speak? this is really the nastiest election I can remember, much worse then 2000, or 04. I guess we're lucky Obama hasn't slipped any further in the polls, god only knows what other desperate stories we'll have to read?

    September 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Matt

    Make no mistake...he will lie under oath if they get him...what else could we expect after watching them lie in their tv ads, on stage and all over teh internet?

    It's time people realized that a vote for McSame-a bin Palin is a a vote for a McFailed America.


    September 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Sam

    Boy, are the Democrats afraid of Palin or what? I have not since this much focus on a VP candidate ever, but they can't stand to see someone steal Obama's thunder. This is going to bite them in the rear when the Independents who will decide this election realize that this election IS about experience, and the election is between McCain and Obama, not Palin and Obama. Obama does not have 1/10th of the experience McCain has, and if you were to compare all of the experience (real Government experience) between Obama and Palin side by side, it would be close but favor Palin. Please, please keep questioning Palin's experience. They are not going to persuade the likes of the Obama throngs that drool at his every word, but the real Independents and those that will eventually weigh the merits of both men will make the right decision and vote for the one that has the experience to run this government.

    I love how Walter's said in reference to the plane "She sold it for a loss". When is the last time anyone sold a used airplane (or car, boat, limo, etc.) for a profit? Palin saw the jet it as a waste of the taxpayers money, and got it off the state's books and used the money to fund more useful programs. It is amazing how they are grasping at straws and it is starting to look very pathetic. I love it!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. Peter Zheutlin

    Let the stonewalling begin.

    But, the trooper thing is the least of it. Watching Palin on ABC last night was like watching a high school senior at a college interview. Today she's probably carping that the test wasn't fair because she didn't know what was going to be covered. Does McCain seriously believe she is ready to be president? Please. Of course not. It's about winning, baby. Me first, country second even if I have to run exactly the kind of smear campaign I once decried when I was victimized by the Bush slime machine in SC in 2000.

    September 12, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Remember it is a partisan democrat running the investigation in the legislature, I hope they are not as partisan in Alaska as they are in D.C.

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. georgia independent

    So the First Dude is going to finally get involved. He should be – Cindy McCain is always attached to her husband. Was wondering what happened to him.

    Time to own up dude.

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Deb

    Keep the vetting of the Palin phenom going.

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Marc PDX

    The MSM and liberals are trying to manufacture some news around Sarah Palin. Charlie Gibson asked Palin more tough (and trick) questions last night than Obama has been asked since he first walked up on the stage over a year ago. I'd love to see how he'd stand up to the same treatment. How about starting with Wright, Pfleger, Ayers, and Rezko? The MSM has zero interest in vetting Obama. SAD!

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Mark Ferbet, Grain Valley Missouri

    The easiest way that I can see this matter put to rest is for Gov. Palin to go and testify, under oath, what she did or didn't do that has led to this investigation.

    The investigation began before she was chosen as the Republican VP nominee, and must be completed before the election in November.

    Any attempts by Palin to stop this process, or interfere in the investigation will make her look guilty, by default. She is under a microscope right now, and must clear her name... and only she can do that.

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Shane R.I.

    The truth is out there! McSame cries like a little girl.

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Cam

    Preatorian – her husband is one of the principal people accused of putting pressure on the guy who was fired. I would say that makes him pretty relevent to be questioned.

    Also, apparently she won`t release her e-mails which are said to contain campaigning type stuff which is prohibited and is the exact same thing she turned a fellow politician in for. Apparently she also copied her husband on many of those e-mails, which is inappropriate considering he is not a governement official.

    September 12, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. scared

    Karl Rove...To The Rescue...Please...

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. victor


    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Don

    Great training for a VICE-President! We have already had 8 years of Cheney in the White House, I don't think we need an encore.

    This person has no respect for the law and that will continue in office.
    We can't afford another dictator in the VP position.

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Otto Des Moines

    Sarah Palin does not exist!!!!!
    There is only a myth of Sarah Palin that McCain putting forward and then there is the truth:
    1. charging women for rape exams as mayor (against law in AK)
    2. abusing power in office (troopergate)
    3. against abortion even in rape or incest
    4. not ready on day one (or later)
    5. charging AK taxpayers for staying at home
    6. hired Abramoff guys to get pork from DC
    7. Left her town with huge debt after her administration, when town never had debt before.

    I am terrified if she is elected and has to decide to nuke or not to nuke Russia for example (she would do it)

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Vietnam Veteran (DC)

    I wonder what the republican spinster will come up with now, they can twist it, spin it, play the blame game but facts are facts, just maybe as a lasty resort, they can put some lipstick on a pig, oops, my bad.

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. SGV

    How very Bush-like. Trying to fire rightfully-hired people who you don"t like, who disagree with you, or have a personal vendetta against.

    Yeah, sure. "Reformists" my a–.

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Joe Green

    As redstateupdate put it so succinctly, Sarah Palin has the best credentials any Republican in Washington could have – she's already under investigation.

    That saves us a lot of time, right there, up front!

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. California Girl

    Palin is a disgrace to all women. Palin could NEVER compare to Hillary!

    Let's get the truth out of this puppet.

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. laurie lewis

    I am always confused when people write about how much "anger" there is coming from the left. I see FAR MORE ANGER, bitterness, hate, intolerance and racism coming from the right. Isn't it sad what has happened to America? If only the right would take responsibility for the horrible job they did voting in Bush! What a stubborn group, they are so filled with hatred, they are about do the same thing all over again? I wonder why? If you read all the posts on various blogs, they are the ones calling names and acting like schoolhouse bullies. They are the ones who aren't honest with themselves and seem to blame everyone else but won't look at their own problems. Pretty interesting.
    They will never get it any Democrat, independent or enlightened Republican, don't waste your breath and energy on trying to communicate with the far right, they aren't capable of insight, don't waste your time.

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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