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

Palin allies sue to halt trooper probe

Allies of Gov. Palin are asking for a judge to half the trooper probe.

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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soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. She's lieing again..

    Well, here we go again... More lies... Between McOld and the SP, I don't know who is better and faster at the lies... John tought her well and she is a fast learner.

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Maria

    I thought she wanted a transparent government. If that be the case, then why not talk with the investigator if there is nothing to hide. Makes me kind of wonder what else she is hiding.

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. dejah

    There they go again - Republicans working to cover up crimes. Yet,if it was a black person or a latino woman or anyone the Rethugs don't see as human beings, they would be screeching in agony over the "crimes" being committed...

    Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Elizabeth

    Ever notice that the Republicans dislike lawyers and law suits, but watch them use the system to their advantage when they get their backs against a wall (Bush v. Gore, for example).

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. nordstrom

    She was the biggest celebrity in the world, but now her star is fading ...

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. FemiMommy

    Wow... these tactics seem hauntingly familiar.... oh, yeah, 8 years of Bush/Cheney/McCain. Enough!

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Nick

    What do you have to hide, Sarah?

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Deborah

    THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE! MCCAIN THE HERO (LOL) SARAH THE REFORMER (LOL). IF I WASN'T HERE SEEEING AND HEARING ALL OF THIS FOR MYSELF I WOULD NOT BELIEVE IT. ON THE SERIOUS SIDE, THIS IS A VERY SAD DAY IN AMERICA. REMEMBER OTHERS ARE WATCHING AND THE LIES AND HIDING IS WHAT THEY SEE AND MAKE THE JUDGEMENT THAT WE ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED!

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Brian

    And the liberal left is at it again. NoBama, no way.

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. GO OBAMA

    PALIN IS GUILTY. SAD PART IS PEOPLE WILL STILL VOTE FOR MCSAME/PALIN

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. OBAMA

    THE CLEANERS ARE IN TOWN...

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Ben

    Growing up, I was always told by my parents that if you have nothing to hide you have no problem in cooperating with those trying to find the truth.....

    September 16, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. John in Ohio

    You know how when people get pulled over on Cops, and they'll say "go ahead, test me and everything, I is clean", and then they fail the field sobriety test and the breathalyzer test? This is what's going on with Palin. She said she'd cooperate, and the legislature called her bluff and actually investigated, and now she is trying to get out of it. No dice.

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. banderson

    It was the Republicans last week running an ad that the Democrats were sending lawyers to Alaska to go after Sarah. Yet now we see it is the Republicans using lawyers to stop a authorized legal proceeding to discern if laws or the public trust was abused. Deception, misdirection and propaganda, that is the Republican way. Republicans are always saying if you have nothing to hide then there is no problem. What a bunch of hypocrites. Wake up America!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. -K&H-

    The real truth is she does use her power to abuse. She is using her VP running as a power move to stop the investigation, of an abuse of power. Another form of abuse of power if she was not running she would be under investigation right now. The American's would have no idea who she is based on her being the most popular Gov of Alaska that I never heard of before he pick as McLiar's VP. She is a bulldog alright and will eat you alive.

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Rosemary

    What happened to transparency?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Mike from Toronto

    Sense of entitlement to ignore if not the rule of law, at the very least the scrutiny of it. When potentially damaging to them, to exercise “executive” privilege and trivialize the need to pursue the truth that the rest of society is duty bound to do. Hmmm, now where have we seen that behavior displayed before?

    Example of maverick change or executive experience at work…the voter will have to decide!

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Michael

    WOW, a Lawsuit against itself?? That is amazing!!!

    Hummm, lets see:
    First she was for the Bridge to Nowhere, Then she was against it?
    First she was actively seeking Ear-marks, (and still is), Now she is against them.
    First she agreed to cooperate, and even claimed to order, an investigation,: But know she won't cooperate.

    What about reform Gov. Palin? What about Transparency? Both the people on the GOP ticket claim to be agents of Change, but as we can see, it really is "More of the Same"

    There is a saying that goes something like this: You can put purfume on a pig, but it still stinks!!!!!

    The more and more I look at this, the more and more I realize why she has been shielded from true public scrutany and that of the MSM.

    America, can you honestly and truly believe that John McCain has the judgment to lead this country? I cannot believe that Gov. Palin was fully vetted properly, if she was, I am sure this would have come up as a potential problem. Again I point to this as mearly an attempt to court and pander to women who may be disaffected by Sen. Clinton not winning the Dem. Nomination and her not being selected as VEEP.

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Jordan, NC

    WE CANNOT HAVE ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. drone

    And people actually want this Lying, stealing, sneaky piece of dog doo as a VP, or even worse, President if McCain should kick the bucket.. Palin is Trash

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. bkrane

    Palin is best suited to be a cosmetics salesperson.

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. HF from PA

    But did I tell you that you can see Russia from my state? How about me saying thanks but no thanks to the bridge to nowhere....? reform..sputter...hockey mom...bang...cougar...kaboom!!! I'm sorry...but the Repug VP nominee has left the building...I think she is speaking in tongues to God and asking what went wrong

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. RobD

    Sadly, I believe that Palin genuinely was willing to have the investigation. But the McCain legal team is afraid of the consequences and they are telling her now to handle the investigation just like they told her what to say in her speeches.

    The firing itself is not a huge deal. Even if she did it as accused, she could be chastised, Monegan compensated, and move on. The coverup, however, is a big deal. And the growing evidence of inappropriate involvement by Todd Palin in many aspects of government is a big deal. The possible sharing of confidential information from Wooten's personnel file and worker's comp file is probably the biggest deal of all.

    Come on, McCain and Palin. Don't let this thing hang over your heads as well as ours. Come clean, and facilitate a quick investigation and resolution. Bring it all out, have one bad day, and move on – so the voters can make their judgement on the facts. We deserve that. We demand that.

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. RJ

    LOL. Alaskan politics are 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 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Hunter from Montana

    After 8 years of cover up, bald face lies of WMD's and executive privilege, do we really the McCain-Palin version of transparency ? I think not!

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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