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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soundoff (726 Responses)
  1. wizardofthewest

    I love all these supposed open-minded posters who act like they were ready to accept any of the mentioned candidates McCain could have picked for VP.

    Please respond with what choice would have been acceptable to all you fair-minded folk out there. You're not fooling anyone, most of you are knee-jerk republican haters who depend on the latest democratic talking points to substitute for independent thought on your part.

    And quit with your "I used to be a republican" or "I am an ex-republican who is voting for Obama". You're not fooling anybody.

    September 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Note the story... the inquiry is regarding the firing of the SAFETY COMMISSIONER not the trooper. I don't care how much of a tool the trooper was, he isn't the story.

    September 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. FreeNLovIt

    People, I think Greed has TAKEN Over AMerica!!! What did we do to GO so WRONG???? Someone has to take responsibilities for this failure to oversee America!!!!

    September 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Spencer from VA

    Don't be scared now republicans. Let me take that back. Ya'll have Karl Rove. I wouldn't be surprised if the investigators come up missing.

    September 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Casual Observer

    And McFake's House of Cards begins to crumble.

    The evidence against Sara "Bomb Russia" and the "First Dude of Alaska" are overwhelming...No amount of cover up will work.

    She was warned by a friend, the guy in charge of ethics, but, no, she didn't BLINK.

    September 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Chris

    I thik it fair for investigators to want to subpoena Sarah Palin's husband. If it is true that she did not use her position to fire anyone, her husband should cooperate fully with the investigation, if they have nothing to hide.

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. McCain the Copy-Cat

    Looks like the hot air has been released. THE BALLOON IS FALLING.

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Jason, OH

    Rush Limbaugh is a buffoon. Dude is crying on his show about how the Dems are trying to destroy Palin with this

    Why is there a need to destroy something that's destroying itself?

    The lady is toast. She's already on record saying that she could see how the safety director 'may' have thought her emails alluded that she wanted something done to the state trooper. But that admission was only after she said she did nothing in the first place.

    Ya know, sorta like The Bridge To Nowhere.

    And not only do people outside her administration believe something may have went down, HER OWN AIDES warned her to back off from pestering the guy.

    Maybe her aide knew when a federal judges warns you not to threaten to 'slay the goose who lays the golden eggs', that just because you become governor changes that warning.

    Pail in the worst VP ever. It just show how bad race relations are in this country that a large segment of this country fell for this travesty of a joke.

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. R.M.

    Oh then I think you shouldn't hope from any cooperation from the Palin family. They will fight every way not to obey the subpoena. Just the repub way, I think...

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Enlightened Voter

    hahahaha. This woman's scandals are better than any soap opera on television. There is trooper gate, email gate, bridge to no where gate, firing gate...every day there is more. And this is the woman you repugs want as your VP.? She was clueless in her interview and Believes in divine will regarding the war and sees nothing wrong with going to war with Russia, didn't know what the Bush Doctrine is....I mean come on repugs. Now I want to see you guys spin this. What you'll do is instead of responding to this article you'll call Obama an empty suit or say how inexperienced he is. But if Obama is inexperienced with his 8yrs as State Senator and 4yrs as US Senator then palin's is nonexistent.

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Independent_me

    This investigation will just disappear because the Repugs will insert themselves in the matter and accuse the prosecutors of all sorts of misdeeds.

    They will muddy-up the water...and the so-called "liberal" press will be too scared (as usual) to do any serious reporting about it, while the conservative-biased press will blare her innocence to the world, and attack anyone who questions Palin about anything.

    They'll play the gender card. You gotta give them credit, though. They are diabolically clever at spin!

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. former hillary supporter now for Obma

    And you republicans are proud of this woman???? of are use to liars,cheaters and everything in between!!

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Vote for Obama

    Oh no.....we are about to see the flood gates open on her activities.

    September 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. LGH

    Good,Sarah needs to be subpoenaed also.Hopefully they will not be able to block the subpoena which the Palin 's staff has been trying to do.If she have nothing to hide, she should be willing to hand over the e-mails and have her staff cooperate in the investigation.WHAT'S DONE IN THE DARK EVENTUALLY COME TO THE LIGHT.

    September 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. Michael

    Anymore negative Sarah Palin headlines CNN? Don't stop now.

    It won't matter anyways.

    Like Dan Quayle and others before him, Sarah will be the first female VP when McCain is elected President.

    It was obvious to me that Obama didn't have a clue as to who the next Russian president would be when he debated Hillary. The media said nothing about that.

    I do not know what the Bush Doctrine is and I am a political nut!

    September 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Hillary 2012

    That mean nothing is there waste the tax payer money !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We have seen lot of investigation like this

    Mc Cain camp every second try to take the spot light

    We need Real Change

    September 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Mike in Calgary

    The sooner we get the facts the better, but the stench of their lies has already drifted down past here to south of the 49th parallel.

    McCain's scaling back his campaign (he's fatigued or too old?) while Palin does the dirty work.

    Great to know that a woman can be just as sleazy and lowdown as a man! Republicans rock!

    September 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. fivepink

    wooohoooo... going down in flames.

    September 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. ujw, ny

    The GOP will stop this – just more of the same.

    September 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    No holds barred! She is not protected because she is running...her administration threatening to block subpoenas in the case serves to reinforce the belief that they are hiding something. Of course, it's not like Todd, "First Dude" (gosh I hate that moniker, he is NOTHING but a candidate's husband, and former member of a state secession group at the moment) Palin is going to tell the truth anyway about his wife's abuse of power. Worth a shot, though!

    September 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Brennan - Iraq War Vet

    Why has there not been more coverage of Palin's interview last night? Some of the things she said were outright scary and in general she appeared confused and abrasive. She seemed to get angry at the questions Charlie Gibson was asking. Granted some of the questions were designed to be gotcha type questions(see the Bush Doctrine line of questioning), but she looked really out of place.

    Short recap: Sarah Palin believes that we should not question or try to influence Israel's stance on Iran(going to war with Iran), she also believes that the Ukraine and Georgia should have mutual defense pacts from the UN(going to war with Russia), she does agree with Barack Obama on going into Pakistan if we have actionable intelligence on high level Al-Qaeda operatives(John McCain does not), she hopes that we are enacting God's plan in Iraq(she gets points for not trying to say whether it is or isn't, but loses points for thinking that there is a divine plan for foreign policy), she was unclear on her stance for preemptive war(Gibson asked a gotcha question, but after he explained it she still side stepped the question and spoke of imminent threats not preemptive war).

    September 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. former puma

    let take our country back from this bush/mcshame.

    September 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Candy West Virginia

    Trailer Park Tr- at its best. She is like the gift that keeps on giving...What a farce! I am actually starting to feel sorry for mccain....NOT!

    September 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. R. Squibbs

    But we all know this is just a sexist persecution, right?

    September 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. zaki duncan

    I smell something fishy governor Palin, and to quote the next President of the United States, "You cant just wrap it up in a piece of paper that says change, it's still fish" 😉

    September 12, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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