September 16th, 2008
09:15 AM ET
14 years ago

Palin won't cooperate with 'tainted' probe

[cnn-photo-caption image=   caption="Gov. Sarah Palin is fighting allegations she improperly tried to force the firing of her former brother-in-law."]ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not cooperate with a "tainted" legislative investigation into the firing of her public safety commissioner, the McCain-Palin campaign announced Monday, accusing supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama of manipulating the probe for political motivations.

Former Palin Press Secretary Meg Stapleton told reporters in Anchorage that the power probe has been "hijacked" by "Obama operatives" for the Democratic presidential nominee - namely, Alaska state Sen. Hollis French, the Democratic lawmaker managing the investigation and an Obama supporter. French has denied working on behalf of the Obama campaign.

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The Obama campaign described Stapleton's charge as "complete paranoia." It has denied sending campaign staff to Alaska to work with the legislative committee's investigation.

McCain campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said, "I think it's fair to say that the governor is not going to cooperate with that investigation so long as it remained tainted and run by partisan individuals who have a predetermined conclusion," referring to a comment by French this month that the case could produce criminal charges or an "October Surprise" for the GOP ticket.

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  1. Dave C - NJ

    Are any of you laughing as hard as I am at "go sarah" who stated that Obama was hiding from the press?

    What? They keep Palin stuffed in a tupperware container and you are stating Obama is hiding? Are you serious?

    September 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. G, South Florida

    She has so much hiding in the closet and maybe her other daughters are pregnant too

    September 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. PSK

    I love the photo of Palin here. She looks a bit befuddled- actually she looks like she's entered the Zombie-mode.

    September 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. JohnLee

    Above the law? Have we ever seen that before?

    September 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Barbara - NC

    Maverick – unpredictable, reckless

    Red button anyone?

    September 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Kerri from Indy

    She said she would cooperate with the investigation. Then when she was nominated she tried to move the inquiry to three person panel of people she appointed. When that didn't work they tried to postpone the investigation until after the election. Last week a subpeona was issued to 13 witnesses who were refusing to cooperate including her husband. Days later she herself is refusing to cooperate. These are mostly republicans leading this investigation that started BEFORE she was nominated. Aren't we tired of all the excuses? Race card, sexism, ageism, politcal interference in an investigation...they are painting themselves as the victim too much to try to sell themselves as strong reformers with experience.

    September 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Mary Dale

    Is it only republicans that can ignore subpeona's or can anybody? More proof that McCain/Palin is just a continuation of the Bush administration, who have made a practice of thumbing their noses at any body trying to get them to testify. Is this what we want for another 4 years? Similar to Cindy stealing drugs from the charity she worked for – if it was me or one of my kids we would be in jail for years.

    September 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Shaking My Head

    I love it, the Repugs are calling it a witch hunt – well if the shoe fits!

    September 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Ken in Dallas

    There's a story in the news that the Palins used personal email accounts to conduct state business in Alaska. If true, there's a legitimate question of why they would avoid the use of state government email in the conduct of state business.

    A prosecutor might suggest that this behavior indicates a desire to conduct state business in secret, using personal email accounts to avoid accounting for the contents of those emails, in violation of the law.

    Incidentally, how is it that the re-appropriation of the Gravina bridge funding to other pet projects doesn't amount to embezzlement?

    September 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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