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. AH from Texas

    I would like to know if the questions Charlie Gibson asked Sarah Palin were given to her prior to the interview? Her answers sounded scripted and she was careful not to say any thing outside the pat answers she gave.
    Also, why wasn't all the coverage of her son leaving for Iraq not seen as being used to get publicity for the campaign? I have a grandson that just left for Iraq and no cameras were there or for the thousands of others that have been deployed like Joe Biden's son.

    September 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. PA Independent

    How exactly are ethics investigations, subpoenas and lying to the American public "Change"? Seems exactly like the last 8 years to me. And once more courtesy of Karl "Contempt" Rove.

    Palin and Mccain, who did the choosing, propping up and abetting but not vetting her – Not more of the same? Spare me!

    September 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. Tired of Double Standards


    That's Biblical...The Bible says be faithful over small things and I will make you ruler over many...Guess that wasn't in the Bible that Palin reads!

    September 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. gl

    Under Sarah Palin's administration, Wasilla cut funds that had .

    if Mcsame/Palin get in office, the American people will not have any health care at all becasue Palin cut funds previously paid for the medical exams and began charging victims or their health insurers the $500 to $1200 fees. Palin is a danger person and thinks she is going the LORD WORK.

    September 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Micah

    What hs happened since that moment on August 29 has been the literal political gang rape of the Palin family to try to force her out of the race. It is beyond disgusting. It is hideous and reprehensibe, but that is how vile the low-life DNC scum and their lust to have the Oval Office is. This is not vetting a candidate by curious or concerned citizens. This is an all out vicious attack by the Washington,DC elite and their slimy media and internet minions to lie, slander and defame Sarah Palin so they can keep their criminal mob from being dismantled by John McCain and Sarah Palin.

    September 12, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. DM

    If attacking Russia is her mission from God, then who are we to complain if she blows up the planet? She's just helping the Rapture along. SCARY people...

    September 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. Len in Washington

    To quote an old Church song,,,"and the walls come tumblin' down."

    September 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. james in florida

    This woman is being supenaed and so is her Husband and staff members.

    Are we sure they are not part of the Bush Administration.

    September 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. lee

    Todd performed quite a lot of business for Sarah, including ruining those men's careers. And here I thought the First Dude's official job was to name the children the stupidest names he could think up during a beer stupor.

    September 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Nia from Minneapolis

    The reason that Palin has become the focus rather than McCain is that there is a very good chance that she actually will be President if McCain is elected.

    September 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Luther Bradley

    Now lets see how the Republican spin this one. Obama has had to answer question about everything from his religious belief to racism for 19 months now. Now we need the media to demand answers from me Palin now. I want to see her respond to all these charges and not hide on the campaign trail saying that the media is sexest! Please no double standard. The voters deserve answers if she want to lead this country!!!!!!!!!

    September 12, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Megan from San Diego

    Dave in Illinois-

    Your ignorance amazes me. The reason Dems don't like Plain is she is completely opposite in all her views tha Dems are.

    Most Democrats actually pay attention to the ISSUES unlike conservatives.

    September 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Suzanne

    McCain campaign has tried to make this election about character to distract people from the issues of the econonmy, energy, abortion etc...He and the rest of the Republicans who claim to be such Christians and Country first has shown much contradiction in the last 8 yrs. McCain is an adulterer and womanizer, he is surrounded with Lobbyists and will use his power as President if elected to help out the rich and powerful as he did in the Keating 5 scandal. More scandal with Bush appointees having sex with Oil Execs in exchange for govt contracts. Homosexual scandals with Mark Foley, Larry Craig and Haggerty. They claim country first but put a CIA operative (Valerie Plame) in harms way because of a disagreement politically.

    People look at McCain's tax policies his position on healthcare. Government has to take a lead with healthcare for it to be done correctly. Obama's tax plan will give each family making under 250k a 1200.00 tax break McCain gives 314.00 but his rich friends will get 7000.00, check it out on CNN they broke it down. Hillary's healthcare plan and Obama's are very similar. The Democrats historically has done better for the country's economy. Don't let the GOP smear campaign blind you for getting more for your families.

    Obama has been right about Afghanistan McCain has been wrong and all his puffing up to Russia and Iran will just get us into deeper conflict that we can't afford to get into. NO McBUSH McSAME 100 yr WAR McCain NO COUNTRY FOR YOU ANGRY OLD MAN

    September 12, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Rick K

    "wow, I clicked on a link to see an article about McCain on the View and what pops-ups first….a negative article about Palin's husband under investigation. Nice. I love CNN."


    Perhaps some people see knowing that officials seeking public office are under investigation as a POSITIVE ARTICLE.

    They didn't say he's bad – they said he's resisting a subpoena. That's only negative if you'd prefer the facts be squashed.

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Mike

    McCain =Country Second

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Robert

    This woman is gonna be trouble!

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Jonathan Swift

    To those who say this is politically motivated- yeah what else is new? The impeachment of Bill Clinton was as well. The more important point was that this investigation began before Gov. Palin was chosen by McCain. Also, what does the First Dude have to do with the conduct of his wife the governor? Well, people can cry abuse of power. To those who fault Obama for not picking Hillary Clinton- think about it. Don't you think she would have been spending her time trying to defend what her husband did while in office- and what was going on in his office and with whom? This is politics nasty as can be- and the Republicans in recent years have been the masters of it. Well, as they say- what goes around comes around.

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Will in Richmond, VA

    Hmm... "Reform....." "Ethics......"

    Seems to me that any administration involving Palin would be lacking in both. How about you tell us what's up with all this? Why won't she answer questions on it?

    Somebody hold these snake oil salesmen accountable for what they are saying and what they will do! At least Obama will actually TELL us what his plans are, whether I agree with all of them or not!

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Michelle from DA Bronx, NY

    Let's see, the state trooper, threathened to kill members of his soon to be ex-wife's family, was drinking on the job in a patrol car and tasered a his step sonoh wait, I forgot the kid volunteered for it so that makes it okay. I don't understand what the fuss is, sounds like winner of the trooper of the year contest if you ask me! How dare Sarah Palin or any member of her family complain to the public safety commissioner especially as a private citzens in her pre-governor days, who does she think she is anyway??? She should have called the local community organizer to deal with the situation!
    Really, I dare anyone to say that they would not fired the commissoners sorry behind the second they got into office. Give me a break!
    Go McCain-Palin

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Dave in Illinois, Palin was already under investigation when McCain picked her to be his VP.

    What does it say about McCain that he chose someone undergoing an active ethics investigation? It says he either doesn't care about legalities or the Republicans are convinced that they can manipulate the results in their favor. Either way, with McCain/Palin, the American people will lose.

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. jason, tx

    Yeah, when is she going to have to go as well? Subpoena her butt for crying out loud.

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Nj in FL

    The quite person has more power. A rude awakening is a bout to happen in November.

    September 12, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. GRACIE

    I really don't care whether you are a Republican or Democrat.

    If you have broken the law or if you are suspected of "covering up" any illegal or corrupt, THEN YOU SHOULD BE CALL OUT before being elected into office NOT afterwards!

    America, Gov. Sarah Palin's puzzle is just not fitting properly. There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the management of her Governor's Office and her credibility as Governor.

    Don't YOU, as a VOTER want to know the TRUTH before you vote on November 4th?

    A Crook is a Crook..... we don't need anymore crooks in political position deciding the fate of our families!!!

    September 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. devams

    If America hasn't learned, after the last eight years, that the President and VP have to be more than someone you'd want to have a beer with, then this country gets what it deserves. Vote on the issues!

    Like Bill Maher said last week, is America so narcissistic and small minded that we can't stand the concept of having someone smarter than us in office? We elected GWB twice and despite all that he's done, McCain is in the lead? And just what is he going to do differently, specifically? And Pailn, come on. I'm a woman and I'm all for having a woman in office, but I don't want to have to worry about moving to Canada should something happen to McCain. She's just not ready. But hey, she'd be fun at a party. Guess Bill hit the nail on the head...

    September 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  25. We the People

    This is just one example of dirty politics that the people are tired of. Thanks to George Bush & his focus on Iraq, I've paid attention every day & I've learned that Republicans are power-hungry; they will say & do anything to keep the power, then abuse their power for their own gain.

    I'm fed up to here & I'll never, ever vote for a Republican.

    September 12, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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