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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  1. Andrea

    I'm NOT a fan of Palins, but lets get real, and go with the issues at hand, the economy, gas, unemployment, OUR SAFTEY, as Americans,......... The REAL ISSUES

    September 12, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Barbara Brown

    She should be checked out thourghly just like any one els. She is arrogant and rude. She looked like a elementary student during the interview with Charles. She could not answer direct questions. i am a woman but this is a joke. McCain is Bush's twin brother. I will be voteing for Obamma and persuadeing every one I know to do the same.

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Sarah's a celebrity, But is she ready to lead?

    America WAKE THE HELL UP! Sarah Pallin is not ready to face Joe Biden. She is not ready to be the president! Even Fox News commentator Juan Williams said she is not ready to be VP or president. ( I know he probably got a pink slip today)Anyway, McCain did not put country first, he put winning first. American people please stop picking people you want to have a beer with. The guys/gals you have beer with are usually idiots. Why would you want the idiot that just threw up in your car to be President! Think! you people are giving me an ulcer!

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. arc, Lugano CH

    2008 has seen an awakening in the United States. The GOP and its War Criminal Administration have ruined the country for 8 years. The Republicans, deservedly, are being hunted and purged.

    Bring out more of the GOP criminals! Take them from their beds and drag them into the street for all of the world to see!!!

    It’s a new wonderful day.

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Already Afraid of November 5 Anarchy September 12th, 2008 3:24 pm ET

    Gee, and just in time for an election, too. Sounds politically motivated to me.

    This was going on before Panama Jack chose her as VP. This is precisely the point: he knew this stuff was going on, but in order to score political points, he chose her anyway.

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |


    McCrypt and Palin, we already have enough abuse of power, lies and corruption in D.C.

    Republicans version of "CHANGE". If you still the slogan, at least try to make it a good change!

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Susan, Pennsylvania

    The first subpoena goes to The First Dude! Excellent tactic.

    Can't wait to see where the second subpoena lands.....

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. the rose

    It seems that the OBAMA camp would like to keep adding fuel to the fire they started.Dont't they know when to quit. Stick to the issues at hand. The truth will save you

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. rob

    snow is melting and S*th is coming out from this people

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Baze

    Wow, the Wicked Witch of Wasila is nothing but a scandalous tramp.


    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. veterans' for obama

    hahaha...great pick mccain! thanks for the help, she is no hillary!

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. r

    I asked yesterday, whom I complain to if Obama loses. My first group to ask would be the media. Let’s face it, you are citizens too and you each have one vote. You too would suffer under a McGrouch-Palin administration. You too would be part of the great American decline. You too would suffer through many mistakes. You would not just be reporting, commenting or pontificating all of this, you would be suffering just like your fellow citizens.

    So why are you so weak and intimidated? Why do you puff your chest out with righteous indignation? Why do you succumb to lies, deceit and pandering? Don’t you wish to see a better America? Will you feel any remorse when we are in the toilet? Are you so pompous and conceited that you could care less what happens? Don’t you see that you have become elitist Republican ‘ownership’ minions? Will you too say to the rest of us who suffer, “you’re on your own?”

    Well, we have a saying for you media. Maybe you heard it before. “Have you no shame?”
    Chuck, NY (Sent Friday, September 12, 2008 9:34 AM)

    September 12, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. sara, az

    If John McCain was in his early or mid 60s AND in good health, Palin as a VP pick would not be causing such a huge stir.

    But, given McCain's age, his history of cancer, his POW experience, and his temperament (ie, anger leading to increased physiological responses which could lead to stroke, heart attack, etc) - any VP pick of McCain's becomes incredibly important to the well-being and the sustainability of our country.

    McCain only picked Palin for the good of his campaign and not the good of our country. It was selfish, dishonorable and pandering.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    The McCain campaign has so far been successful in scaring CNN from finding and reporting the REAL truth about Sarah Palin. It is a shame that show like the View have to be counted on to call out our politicians for their lies.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. Dave TX

    what happened to "go ahead and investigate me?" Why should a previously collegial state investigation turn this way? It says a lot about how NOT committed McCain and Palin are to change and reform. I think she should be ashamed for not keeping the same attitude she had before being selected for the VP nomination. But hey, CNN will soon forget this story in favor of some cute t-shirt slogan headline and they will get away with it again.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Sandy

    As far as this investigation goes on the Trooper-gate let's all use some common sense. If I do not even know you and I find out your husband, who is a state trooper, used a taser on your 10 year old child I would be clamoring for him to be removed as a state trooper. If those are the type of troopers we have protecting us then we are in a bad way. No one should have ever had to be pressured to fire should have been a done deal when he did it (and he admits doing it and having the kid lie on the floor with pillows around him...I guess he figured it might be something that would stun him enough to need lots of soft protection around.) I do not see asking his superior officer to fire him (or even if she questioned his judgment and performance when he didn't) as abuse of power. I see it as something any right thinking person would do. It is cowards who look the other way and tolerate behavior like this trooper has admitted to doing.

    Let's get the politics out of this and let's stop the "good ol' boy" mentality of looking the other way when one of your own does something totally inappropriate to a child.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Vote Green

    Dick Cheney lied about WMD.
    Bush took us into a war based on Lies
    Pallin Lies about Bridge to No where.
    McCain Picks a liar as VP and then Lies to protect her.
    Its seems there is a lot of lying going on.
    We dont want more of the same. We want change.
    Vote for Change, Vote Third Party , Vote Green Party

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Tom, KS

    Baby Boomers like McCain had everything to do with creating the world we live in today. They all failed to answer any of the underlying issues over the last 50 years. Instead they just promoted living selfishly for ones self. Now he aspects us to let another old white dude take the reigns. I don't think so!

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. MC

    Im an obama supporter, but this is such a distraction. The Obama people don't need this. We need the election to be on the issues, not this shiny object Sarah Palin.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Sam

    Sarah Palin lies will be in the light soon.

    I need some help here CNN. Is McCain and Sarah Palin pathological lairs or do they have a memory problem? Please give both of them some vitamin E. I think they feel we are stupid and the media will allow them to lie all the way to the White House. Did we not learn from Bush. We have young kids thinking this is the way to win in this world.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. Julie--Obama Supporter

    We're underestimating Sarah Palin and that is a big mistake--if you have doubts, look at the polls-this woman has been successful at everything she's done-basketball, hunting, fishing, raising a family, running for Mayor and running for Governor, all by the age of 44.

    We now know that Obama made a big mistake by not picking Hillary.
    He made a bigger mistake by demeaning and debasing Hillary. And now he has no credibility with women, especially white women and Wal-Mart moms.

    If we don't do something soon, Karl Rove will have beat us again.

    Obama 08'

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Jake

    This is all the media's fault !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's obviously sexism against this man !!!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Tiffany

    I fail to understand how all of these scandals can keep rolling out and there not be more republicans screaming at the top of their lungs. If this many scandals were rattling in Obama/Biden closet this race would be over. That's why the republicans keep winning. They stand by their man (or woman) no matter how many times they let them down and now the country is suffering.

    September 12, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. Mkenya

    CW4Barack – I also found this comment very, very, ridiculous and stupid. So, McCain is deliberately smearing Obama to force him to a negotiation, or is it debate?, table. This is utter blackmailing of Obama by this old man who claims to be above partisanship.

    September 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Woman for Obama

    When you cc your husband on "business" emails it stands to reason he would be served a subpoena when the issue comes under investigation. Contrary to the effort, you cannot claim executive priveledge when you sent the emails from your own personal email and cc your husband. Duh.

    September 12, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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