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. gene

    By the time all these investigations are done... I have a feeling Palin will be defending herself just to be able to keep her current job, not running for VP.

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

    Why is Todd Palin so wrapped up in Alaskan politics? DId he have an official role? He seems to have represented the Alaskan gov't at times.

    Does anyone know? Was he officially part of the gov't or just the governor's husband?

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. mike

    Our current economic woes are a direct result of Republican policies. Republican and their “small government” deregulated financial institutions which allowed insured banks and brokerage houses to mingle and the current crises is the result.

    Republican policy has gutted our FDA, Customs and other government agencies which should be protecting us from tainted food, drugs and other items.

    I could go on and on. I am amazed that the perpetrators of all that is wrong in America today are heading for not 4 but 12 more years in the White House.

    C'mon People!

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. facts


    "The Cincinnati Enquirer has a story about dirty tricks in Ohio intended to influence the election there. The McCain campaign printed a form on which a voter can request an absentee ballot and sent out about 1 million of them. The form included an unnecessary box asking if the voter was eligible to vote. If the voter didn't notice the box and didn't check it, he or she is in fact admitting that he or she is not eligible and the application has to be rejected by law. Secretary of state Jennifer Brunner is hopping mad about this stunt but she is required by law to reject invalid applications."

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Ian

    One more reason to vote third party this year!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Palin scares the FAR LEFT

    OH great here we go...what a witch hunt!!

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Howdy

    How interesting. We'll see if anything comes of it. The McCain squad sent to Alaska to shield her will have to get to work on the husband too.

    It's also interesting to finally hear the reason McCain really picked Sarah Palin - interview with the View - John McCain, "she's the most popular Governor in America". If that's true, how is it no one has ever heard of her? That's the only reason she was picked, she's someone no one knows and he thought he could get by with that.

    Bad choice John! The new is wearing off quickly!

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. charles

    McCain made the comments as he appeared on the ABC television show "The View" as part of his effort to woo women to his candidacy.

    The Arizona senator said the GOP vice presidential nominee would be good for the country because she would reform government, and specifically cited curbing federal spending for earmarks.

    When pressed about Palin's record of requesting and accepting such money for Alaska, McCain ignored the record and said: "Not as governor she didn't." McCain stop lying its too much we can not take it anymore. everyone knows she has asked more than 200million as governor. you are losing your bearings for sure.

    September 12, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Chi4Obama

    I'm still waiting for someone to ask Palin; why did she needed to attend 5 different colleges in 6 years just to obtain a journalism degree.

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  10. Ken

    This is a real crook!

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Frank

    I think this investigation is going to produce an awful lot information on just how Palin abuses power, lies and lies again to cover up her previous lies. That being said, she fits in very well with McCain and Bush doesn't she.

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Credit Card Republicans

    Lets call Gonzales,he will fix it.Oh thats right he got run out of town too.

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    No wonder Charles Gibson could hardly plow through her "blizzard" of words during the interview. She is under pressure. I think she should reconsider this VP offer.

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. that one guy


    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. frank

    It's about time!

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. KRS

    As an educated, confident working Mom I am insulted with McCain’s selection of Palin for VP. Sure, she’s a smart and energetic woman. And she has every right to her evangelical religious beliefs, but no right to impose them on the general population of the country. She is opposed to Rowe vs Wade; she is opposed to birth control (abstinence works); she is opposed to stem cell research.

    Sen Biden has made the correct choice for a democratic country. His religion argues for life at conception, which he accepts, but for the country he supports the right to abortion, refuses to make it difficult or illegal but does not support government funding.

    Beyond this stark difference, Ms. Palin’s evalengical rejection of evolution means she does not understand basic science; the entire evolution argument is supported by the rigorous application of the scientific method. But we need technology, based on science, to solve some urgent problems with energy, golbal warming, and overpopulation.

    Consider the odds: at age 72, McCain has a one-third probability of not lasting four years, which means Ms. Palin will likely become the President of the United States. And she believes that dinosaurs were here just 4000 years ago, which is utterly absurd and a clear example of her failed thinking.

    September 12, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. rose

    Maybe finally smart people will wake up and see this woman for who she really is and not just a pretty face. There is alot more to this person and in a matter of time the good looks will fade and American will see that she is NOT qualified to be our president. WAKE UP America can you honestly say she would be capable to handlin herself against the outside world?

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |

    So, issue him a subpoena. What's the big deal.

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Danielle MN

    She's under investigation for abuse of power.
    She requested millions in earmarks.
    She opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
    She appointed her middle school athletic coach to the AK Department of Wildlife.

    and John McCain chose her as running mate after meeting her once and asking her to fill out a questionnaire.

    McCain/Palin= Reckless/Unfit

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Spencer from VA

    Let the truth come out!!! She is GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Methinks you should POSTPONE the election until Palin has been vetted!
    What is this about HER claiming per diems for staying in her house, and charging the State for her children's flights and hotel rooms?
    McCain should NOT be allowed to tout his war record when he formed a Committee to have it sealed! That was like putting Bonds and Clemens in charge a of a doping Committee.
    One POW says the pictures of McCain in a hospital bed proves he was (Google Prince Songbird McCain)
    Look it up on Wikipedia. The Cong were ruthless with any pow that did NOT spill the beans. They were summarily executed! If he makes Prez, he will have those files SHREDDED! (but not Kerrys)

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. Karol

    The Republicans have robbed us blind over the past eight years. We are billions of dollars in debt and now two of our biggest businesses, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, come along to be bailed out
    All along, as these companies crash, the tope executives and officers just keep getting richer”

    Who was it that put the rules in effect that required these linding companies to make loans that they wouldn’t have made before? Who was it that apparently received sweatheart deal for their own loans? The Enron event started long before it come to a head. A closter look the events and a search into their history often the person who accused of their cause is also a victom of the person who preceeded him.
    Neither party is without spot but I think if you check the background most of the financhal problems they can be traced back to the dems but that will not ever come out even if true, and if it does it will be droped like a hot patotoe by the major new agencies.

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Steve

    And the uraveling begins.

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Bill L

    The investigators cannot win. If they find in favor of Palin, Dems will say it was political. If they find against Palin, the Republicans, wo say they are for ethics reform, will claim it was political.
    The best thing is that the result will be public before the election and not after it.
    And evryone needs to remember that this started before Palin was selected as the VP candidate.

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Rick

    "Economic justice" is a phrase frequently used by Obama.

    "Economic justice" simply means punishing the successful and redistributing their wealth by government fiat. It's a euphemism for socialism.

    September 12, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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