September 16th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Palin allies sue to halt trooper probe

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Allies of Gov. Palin are asking for a judge to half the trooper probe."]
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Allies of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asked a judge Tuesday to halt the state Legislature's investigation into the firing of her public service commissioner, calling the probe a "McCarthyistic" inquisition.

The five Republican state lawmakers who filed suit say the leaders of the investigation "are unable to hold the balance between vindicating their own political interests and the interests of those who are being investigated."

Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, is battling allegations that she and her advisers pressured then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to fire a state trooper going through a bitter custody dispute with her sister - and that Monegan was terminated when he refused. Palin says she fired Monegan over budget issues, and denies any wrongdoing.

She originally pledged to cooperate with the investigation that a bipartisan commission of the state Legislature commissioned in July. But since becoming Sen. John McCain's running mate, campaign spokesmen have lashed out at the probe as "tainted" and "partisan."

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  1. jay howard

    Ed oconnell the spokes person for Mcain/Palin speaks with a forked tongue( watch the interview with rick sanchez of cnn.) .Once again its a matter of elected officials feeling that they do not have to be completely forthright with ethical or legal information and or investigations.

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. don

    if this is an indication of what McCain/Palin plan for their open and transparent investigation into wall street.....we better all hide our wallets, checking accounts, savings accounts and our kids piggy banks.

    so much for truth and transparency....not to mention integrity or lack thereof


    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    Bush in a skirt, Cheney in tights! Same ol' same ol'. Secrecy, obfuscation, denials, deception. Can our system of laws and Constitution bear another four years of this???

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. Oh Boy!!!???

    We all know that Bush has abused his executive privilege.

    Do we really want to give the #2 position to someone that is being accused of the same? Worst case scenario here is the Republicans win, Johnny dies, and Palin is in, all the while being under investigation for something that our current POS leader is so fond of.

    What do you think she will try to do to those trying to bring her to justice now?

    Transparent as to see the corruption, not to see how clean her record is.

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. RJ

    LOL. Alaskan politics is no different than Washington politics. So much for the "outsider" theory.

    I believe we have stumbled onto the new AREA 51, Gov. Palin.

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Filipina

    If she has nothing to hide then co-operate,,,republican thinks they are above the law.


    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Joe AZ

    Don't we have a current VP that won't come clean, what makes anyone think the republicans want their nominee to do any different.

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. will

    America asks yourselves do you really want someone else in the White House that has any resembling to Georgia W. Bush. Sarah Palin has the identity more of Georgia W. Bush then John McCain does or maybe they all are the same. However this Palin person is one big liar. How the people in Alaska ever seen her to be of anything of any Good is beside my wildest thoughts?

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Deja Vu

    Let's see, she's been kept in an undisclosed secret location for weeks, and now she claims 'executive privilege' to not releasee-mails relating to an investigation relating to possible inappropriate actions. Sound like any current VPs you know????

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Tempered

    Can't she just say "Thanks, but no thanks" to this investigation? That worked so well for her before.

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. bibek

    Skeletons. They're hiding SOMETHING.

    Better to find out now than to find out after nov 4th.

    Palin, if you have nothing to hide then why all the fuss??? You think the American people are stupid, dont' you?

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. sb

    LOL, figures. Stop the truth at all costs.

    September 16, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. s

    Whoa! "McCarthyism" rears its ugly head again half a century later. Do we need this in America again? The answer is obvious. This election is becoming a surrealistic farce.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Samuel

    No Way,
    No How,
    No Cover Up,
    No Sarah Palin!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Concerned in CT

    It's the economy stupid!!
    Sarah, please tell us exactly what and how you and John plan to fix the economy...not interested in generalities like "efficiencies".
    While you're at it, can you call Charlie Gibson back and redact the statement that you welcome an investigation.
    Lastly, please stop using your personal e-mail for official state business, m'kay. Thanks.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Ajitinder Chadha

    The pig with a lipstick has finally begun to squeal

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Dana

    I do not understand the committee that is investigating her is composed of 3 Republicans and 2 Dems... where is the unfairness?? The fact is she is AFRAID of the truth being revealed and will do anything to cover it up...sounds like a truly corrupt Republican to me!!! Yet she is the candidate of "reform"- what a joke!!

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Baked Alaska

    Wouldn't it be better to continue this investigation if Gov. Palin did nothing wrong? When the 'truth' came out, the 'partisans' would be the ones with egg on their faces. Don't the republicans see what they are doing?? I know–SILLY question!

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Tom in CA

    Of course Sarah will clean up Washington, DC – look how she's used her broom to sweep away Alaska's problems. Unfortunately, she's shown her true self through her own cronyism, vendettas and vindictiveness.

    She's now letting her supporters use her broom to sweep her troopergate problems under the rug. However, she'll want it back when she gets to Washington, DC, and finds that 8 year old fish in the VP's desk drawer. But who knows...she'll probably keep the fish – it'll have lipstick on it now.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Independent from GA

    If us ordinary people dismiss cooperating with the law like Palin did, we would be hauled to jail for contempt. Why should she get away with it? If she is innocent, she will have nothing to worry about.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Chip

    Because the McCain campaign is getting scared now. They're starting to understand what happens when you don't properly vet a VP candidate. Oh, this is gonna go over well. Let's HIDE the truth. That will impress the American people.

    She's going down and McCain with her.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. RH

    So what do you want? Impartial arbitration? You think that'll go well for her? I think the Republicans in Alaska should play the game as it is – nevermind the crap hand.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Jeff

    WE THE PEOPLE have hit a new low in America, and we can term it Palinism.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. rj

    There are more republicans (6) and 4 democrats on this investigation committee! And it's tainted?????

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Chuck

    If the probe was started before Palin was selected by McCain as her running mate then how in the hell can the republicans say the probe is tainted and partisan.

    If Palin agreed to participate with the investiagtion but now refuses (whether tainted / partisan or not which it can't be because the investigation started before her selection) then is she not going back on her word. Is she not hiding something that might be detrimental to her run as VP?

    I think the answers are obvious but for those who support her and McCain, they can't see the forest for the trees.

    September 16, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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