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. avoter

    I think they should subpoena everyone who is slightly connected with this firing. It is beginning to smell.......

    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Bob Indianapolis, IN


    September 12, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Another "Mission Accomplished"?

    First Presidential Act: Picks Palin as running-mate. Not properly vetted or prepared, rather political pandering to the politically active, yet fringe GOP conservative religious base. This is presidential? It is the openning of a can of worms. He won't admit it was a mistake, just like Bush won't admit Iraq was a mistake. McCain = More of the Same.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Rick

    I hope he does go in and testify. It will be another dead-end for the panicked democrats and another hole in the rapidly sinking ship of Captain Ears and First-Mate Hairplugs.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. George in Indianapolis

    Let me get this straight:
    bush is an oil man Yes?
    cheney is an oil man yes?
    palin's husban is an oil man yyes?
    Gas is through the roof and oil companies are racking up record profits.

    Do you think we need another person connect to big oil in the whithouse? NO!

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. My Common Sense Actually Works

    It is pretty amazing how a FIRST term...again FIRST TERM governor, who has been painted by the Republican party to be THE agent of "change" or "reformist", will be embroiled in such a scandal. Abuse of power accusations even if not proven guilty is already an indication of what she maybe or what she can be capable of. I always have a notion that your first term pf public service is always the cleanest and the most honest service any politician will have. AND again, please don't paint Gov. Sarah Palin as a victim. It offends and degrades me being a woman myself. Women are better than how Republicans portray us.......fibble-minded with issues, fragile to simple words like "lipstick" and down-right batty and catty.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Rick K


    Our constitution is going down the drain.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Stewart, Santa Fe, NM

    Who is surprised, meaning who would possibly be surproised that the Palin's have done everything from tell the truth about themselves to lie like crazy? Given who they are, who is surprised that an investigation (one of many) is being conducted over their conduct?

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. John in Ohio

    Smart of McCain to grab a running mate who comes pre-packaged with scandal, instead of getting a clean candidate and waiting for the scandals to come to them. Very proactive.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Tony

    About time!

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Drilling for oil will not drop the price of gas - only OPEC can

    Sarah Palin seems to be surrounded by a great deal of controversy, isn't she?

    The list is growing daily.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. ss

    Good!! Its about time they have to answer for what they have been accused of. How will the McCain camp spin this one??

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Election Watcher

    And of course this is not in the least politically motivated.

    September 12, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  14. hubielnel68

    If need be, subpoena Gov. Palin also and see will she lie under oath. it's seems to me something fishy is gone on with McLair vp mate.

    Barton MS

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. cnn junkie

    the media owes the public to expose the liar palin,after what the republicans did to this country.
    i am glad CNN is doing it's job

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. jimmy


    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. The tool of law....(no kidding)

    And justice for all, and justice for all

    truth and justice for all.......(snicker)

    So if Palin's husband blows off the subpoena.......JUST LIKE KARL ROVE....thats cool right?

    the laws only apply to non-Repubs right?

    Thats my Amerika

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Independent from CT

    Hmmm....maybe because she cc'ed him on over 1000 emails discussing official state matters that he, as a private citizen, should not have legal access to?
    But I forgot.
    That's a trivial matter. Abuse of power. Blatant disregard of the law. Pffft. All just water on the bridge.

    We deserve everything we get in this election. No complaining after Nov. 4 America when the whole thing falls apart at the seams. Just saying.

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. Alaska hillbilly

    Democrats should not be happy that the vice president nominee of the Republicans lacks in experience, knowledge, intelligence and education. If the Democrats love their country they should not be happy and should not be cheering that the woman is not qualified and is extremely dangerous if the old man should die while in office. If this woman becomes president you would have the most dangerous , inexperienced, weak, unqualified person in the history of the US becoming president. So don't make fun about this Democrats because it's not funny. This is deadly serious and it affects everybody in the US and everyone around the planet.

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. roger nc

    Wow McSame what do you think about it? let us know soon we hope to hear from you.

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Mikey

    I hope they can resolve this one way or another within 30 days or so.

    Emails copied to private citizens or those whos subject is not protected as executive deliberations are not protected. They should be released.

    Palin should release her recent tax returns.

    The Republicans should avoid false claims:
    Palin stopped the bridge to nowhere – untrue
    Palin saved taxpayer funds from the bridge – untrue, she kept them
    Palin saved Wasilla taxpayers by reducing her salary – untrue
    Palin sold the plane on EBay for a profit (McCain & others) – untrue
    Palin fired the personal chef – untrue
    Obama would raise taxes for most Americans – untrue
    Obama would raise taxes for most small business owners – untrue
    Obama will reduce the number of jobs – untrue
    ...and the list goes on and on!

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. mark

    In Corporate America, if a CEO makes a major strategic mistake, he will typically be asked to resign. I cannot believe how many Americans continue to support George W. Bush and his party even after this huge mistake called the War on Iraq: this war was not worth even 1 US soldier giving his/her life. If Republicans were as patriotic as they claim to be, they would not forgive the current administration for that horrendous mistake. One of the greatest strengths of this country has always been to recognize its mistakes and correct them. But a disease called Arrogance is hitting us and we are incapable of realizing that yes we, the great nation that is the USA, is capable of making mistakes. And we will not reward those who made a huge mistake on behalf of 300 million people by electing John McCain.

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. ninja63

    There you go, we need more information on this troopergate situation, because there will be an " OCTOBER SURPISE" when this investigation is completed, and we see Gov. Palin guilty of ethics violations..........boy! is the media going to have special reports all day long and we will see MCSHAME/PALIN go down as fast as the titanic. MCSHAME! I believe you ship is about to sink and we will also see that Palin is turning out to be more of a Chihuahua with lipstick instead of a pitbull. She all bark and no bite

    September 12, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Sammy

    Well its not exactly helpful to the McCain campaign. Also while the insinuations were very different Geraldine Ferraro's husband probably cost the democrats that election. So the McCain campaign needs to handle this carefully.

    September 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. tc

    Good. Let's get that mess settled and sorted out. Enough with the speculation. If she is guilty than taking responsiblity is in order. If she is innocent time to lay the issue to rest.

    Wanted to post this on the The view interview post. Barbara Walters is a hack and has a been a hack for some time. She is no journalist, at least not anymore. Journalist are supposed to be impartial and she is not. Then again this whole show is a waster of brain cells. That is not sexist either – I'm a mother of 3 and am often ashamed of how these women present themselves. But that is a different blog : )

    I just wanted to say that when The View is considered a viable forum for intelligent political discussions than this country really does need to improve the education system!

    -Independent Mom of 3 leaning towards Obama

    September 12, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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