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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soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. Obama/Biden

    And this is who people want as their VP. Please people wake up for your children and mine. Is this what this great nation of ours has come too. If she gets in the Whitehouse we maght as well bend over and kiss our !@#$$ goodbye. Come clean Sarah ............. Stop hiding you agreeded now what has changed your mind????????? Hiding something you think?

    September 16, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Democrat 4 Life

    "Pale in" chickens are coming home to roost. Wake up America, Cheney abused his power! Wake up America, Pale in does the same thing. Wake up America Bush administration plunged the country into what it is today. Wake up America McCain is promising the same thing. Wake up!

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

    Just like the rest of them, Palin should be in jail....

    Move forward with the investigation and when she is proven involved (which is a 100% given) then summon her to court. When she does not show, put her behind bars for a little bit.

    After this, Bush can give her a complete pardon and we can move forward as planned.

    World domination & destruction (McCain-Palin)

    Real Change (Obama-Biden)

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Not Surprised

    She obviously knows she will be found GUILTY two weeks before the National Election.

    How is this person going to clean up Washington when she is worst than ANYONE in DC?

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Bob H

    There is a great deal of difference between "coming clean" and participating in an obviously politically motivated investigation. Look at the history of Obama elections. In the Illinois Senate election, he challenges the petitions of 3 other opponents, leaving him unopposed in the election. In his US Senate race, he has the divorce records of his opponent exposed at a time that does not give the Republicans time to field a credible opponent. In the primaries earlier this year, he has the votes of Michigan and Florida eliminated by the DNC, thus enabling him to maintain his momentum and secure the nomination. Then, he consents to permitting these delegates to vote at the convention. Now, his operatives are doing everything they can to discredit Sarah Palin. They know she has popped their balloon and their only option is to find a way to "eliminate" her, just as they have done in many other elections with other candidates. This time, however, their chicanery and slight of hand is not going to work. Sarah Palin, John McCain and the American people are too smart to permit such partisan political gamesmanship to prevail.

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Tay

    My question would be; If the only one's that she will answer are the on the board, who appointed those on the board to those positions?

    That is the big question here, having looked at how she 'cleaned house' in her administration when she took over, appointing a woman who 'liked cows' as a kid to the high paid agriculture position and other various high school and church friends to positions they clearly weren't qualified for, then I have to ask, did she appoint these board members she's so willing to give testimony and evidence to?

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Wayne

    Luster is wearing off Palin QUICK!! She lied about the bridge to no where and accepted millions in pork and earmarks. She doesnt know what the Bush doctrine is even though I understand it and Im not running for VP. This investigation proves that she is unethical and will abuse the power she is given. Besides being new she brings absolutely nothing to the table.

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. sheila

    Sarah)...............The truth will set you free. If you are such a holy roller, what are you afraid of? Get real. You are nothing but another mouth there in Alaska. I have a feeling there is much to find out about your deals w/ oil etc. Your so called freinds don't want to get involved with you anymore and will be jumping ship. This investigation is bigger than the people that are trying to stop the process. Fry! Obama is right and you are just another Bush/McCain puppet

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. TLF

    Sarah Palin has more skeletons in her closet than Ted Bundy. That coupled with the irrational way her supporters, who know nothing about her either, defend her makes me worried for the future of America if the Palin/McCain ticket gets elected. This really is the dumbing down of America. Who are voting for these wack jobs?
    Like the late Johnny Cochoran said "This does not make sense!"

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Edwin, Fayetteville, NC

    Plain not wanting to cooperate with the investigation reflects even more on the poor judgment of McCain and his staff. I don’t feel that she was properly interviewed and investigated by the McCain political staff. The Republicans since the primaries have been trying to slam both Obama and Clinton and now that they are under the microscope they want to cry foul. Maybe she is the pit bull she clams to be after all, it’s their nature to kill without mercy and if not trained properly they have the potential to be very dangerous and that’s how I see the Republican ticket, a very dangerous situation for America. Political ambition seems to be what drives the McCain/Palin ticket not the needs of the American people.

    September 16, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. spiritualeyes

    What goes on in the dark, ALWAYS comes out in the light!!

    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Cleo

    She's hiding something that's for sure...Why else would the republican's be so insistant on stopping this investigation? So she should have only republicans investigating her? Give me a break. The republicans just keep getting crazier and crazier!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Cam

    Why isn't the media bringing up the point that the McCain camp is saying they want an impartial inquiry yet their idea of "impartial" is having the matter decided by a review board who are appointed by (and presumably answerable to) the Governor herself?

    I mean, the very nature of the complaint against her should dictate that anyone under her direct influence regarding their ability to keep their job should NOT be the ones deciding her fate.

    There is absolutely no proof that the invesetigation is tainted. They are just tryng to stall.

    Only in America could a politician who is CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION for abuse of power be tapped as a VP candidate and present herself as the anti establishment who will clean up Washington.

    POST THIS CNN, don't leave it in moderation as these are important facts that people need to know!

    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Tee, Virginia

    Now this is making me sick...As a true Republican, I'm hurt that Sarah will not come clean. How can we project the image of change if we are still following the same course of our party's past. Sarah, come clean so the Dems can get off our backs.

    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Darren Elin

    First Gov. Palin “welcomes the investigation” and declares that she has nothing to hide; then suddenly the investigation becomes further internal; now there’s outside pressure to suppress the matter altogether. Will this be part of the “STRAIGHT TALK” we can see from Gov. Palin and John McCain when they come here to Michigan tomorrow? Somehow, I doubt it!
    Darren+ in Michigan

    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Voter

    Palin = above the law – she doesn't need to answer questions


    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Swwind in CT

    From the party that said about J. McCain and his work in telecommunications . . . . . "He both regulated and de-regulated the industry" . . . . . . . what does that mean ?

    The party that says . . . . . . "she has nothing to hide" . . . . . .but is suing to stop the investigation.

    The Republicans will say anything at this point – it is such a transparent strategy. A very sad state of affairs.

    September 16, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Rob R

    Remember "Hold me accountable" ? How about you HOLD YOURSELF accountable. Bush/Cheney "PALIN" comparison to MCSHAME and Lipstick Girl...

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Larry

    Mcinsane and palin when pigs with lipstick fly.

    Sadly most people don't understand the pollsters are operated by the "Monied interests" that will only benifit by saying it's a close race.

    People with closet racial tendencies will come out of the closet and vote for Obama in the end. People are tired of the Repubican dance that is now finally showing itself. If Mc-insane and "palin the Alien" where better liers like Bush, Cheney, Rove, they would have a better chance.

    Palin blusters about transparency....I refuse the Notion that Americans are this stupid.

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. Lies from Palin!

    From a woman who says she has nothing to hide, there seems to be an awful lot of apprehension about getting the truth!


    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Deja Vu in DC

    Isn't this what we saw of Bush's administration before they were all indicted. Scooter Libby, Tom Delay, Carl Roves now Palin will be more of the SAME.

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Robert

    So, these people are accusing the investigation of being infiltrated by "Obama operatives", is that it? They say it's a smear, is that right? Well, what was it called when the investigation kicked off in July, well before anyone knew what the hell her name was?

    This woman is incredible. First they try to get the results of the investigation pushed to after the election, now she's not cooperating at all. Your silence says it all, Sarah...

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Doug R.

    If there's nothing to hide...why a lawsuit to stop the investigation??
    We all know where there's smoke, there's fire.
    I think her nomination needs to be revoked.

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. TF

    This just makes her look guilty. It doesn't matter what the investigation uncovers, the damage is done. She will now look tainted to the non-brainwashed Americans.

    Hey America-

    How is your 401K been doing the last 3 years? Is your house worth what it was 3 years ago?

    The so called free market only lets the rich get richer and the chumps (you and me) cover the socialized corporate welfare that's been going on with out tax dollars.

    Wake Up!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Rodger

    Palin has switch her position so many's really funny.
    The majority on the committee are's good she quoted a Republican...Joe McCarthy, that who she really sounds like! Keep the same lies going....maybe some dumb fool will believe it. I hope she has her lawsuit thrown out...never admit you broke the law, go to jail....that's the Republian way!

    September 16, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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