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. joyce

    Governor Palin should have began with telling the truth from the beginning. Now she has been caught in so many mistruths, fictions, fabrications and yes, lies. Everyone wants to know what the real truth is and that is not much to ask seeing as though she wants to be the Vice President of the United States.

    Governor Palin has to realize that this is part of the package deal when she becomes Vice President. She is under the scrutiny of all the people not just the Republican base of the United States. Maybe she wants to reconsider her position and go back to Alaska, where she can live her life of cloak and dagger and I am the Queen Bee of this ship lifestyle.

    September 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Richard

    The reason is this is starting to get out of control, and you Dems just keep on trying to make nothing into something, with the absence of anyone actually saying fire the trooper there is no case, plus no one heard palin or one of her people say this guy is fired because he would not fire the trooper, good luck getting that wont happen , so this is a waste of time, we need to quit feedind the oberman, mathews looneys out there. This is a story that is being kept alive by these loon bins.

    September 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Juge

    Hey Palin – Run Run Hide Hide – the truth will out!

    September 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. ok

    The best is yet to come................ Hello-o, same old same old

    September 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Laura

    Does any one really believe an investigation would be effective if all of the investigators were republicans, hand picked by Palin herself? This is the kind of regulation that gave us the Wall Street crisis.

    She's got a lawyer, several in fact, so go face the process. STOP THE WHINING!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. MarcoPolo, Alaska

    What's the difference between a hockey mom and a Governor caught up in trooper gate and the bridge to nowhere?

    Lies !

    September 16, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. akeem

    The only difference between a cover up and a republican cover is lipstick ! Go figure !

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. sl

    Why would we even want to start the next 4 yrs this way. If she has nothing to hid then she should answer the questions. Its not an ordanary situation she is running for Vice President, come on people! I am not so sure that we should be concerned about who is asking the questions, let's focus on the fact that she won't answer. Why would anyone vote for her on McCains ticket (lets face it she could become president if he dies) if she can't even be honest and upfront now!!! I can not believe that the AMERICAN public would even tolorate this after what we have been through with the current administration.

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. jAYjAY

    Sure, we really need more of this in the white house

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Heather Seattle, Wa

    Alaska, please come and get your Governor and take her back to Wasilla.

    You may want to consider recall measures.....

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Michael, Farmington, NH

    Someone who has nothing to hide would welcome an investigation no matter who is investigating.

    Palin has a big old "guilty" sign hanging around her neck.

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. TBNNashuaNH

    If they are suing to stop an investigation, regardless of whether it has ulterior motives or not, it makes me thing that Gov. Palin did something inappropriate. Of course, the plaintiffs will claim that there is no cooperation between the McCain/Palin campaign and these five legislators, but we all know that there certainly is. It may not be explicit, but there certainly is cooperation.

    As someone who was undecided on whom to vote for, this really makes the decision easy. This definitely makes me want to vote for Obama. I am sure this is going to backfire on the McCain/Palin camp.

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  13. Roberto

    This is too important to go away and will backfire on Palin as the free press, involved parties, Democrat investigators, a possible legal challenge coming back on Palin and the time available for this to develop before election day produce the facts.

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Susan

    This all started before she was the nominee. She was picked by McCain on 8/29. The investigation started in July, and she did not objest because she claimed she had nothing to hide. This attempt to hide the truth from the American people by a ridiculous lawsuit is beyond the pale, and once again proves that the Republicans think they are aboe the law of this country! I for one, am sick of it! ENOUGH!!! OBAMA/PALIN 08!!

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. rice, bryan

    if you throw enough money at a problem they tend to go away, and that's what they think will happen here. in july it was a bipartisan commision, in september it's tainted. i'm sorry cheaney, i mean palin, how can it be good one time then an attack the next. you are learning quick, flip-flop, 8 years ago kerry was accused of this, then we voted in a dim wit. the gop is claiming swift boat attacks, 8 years ago it worked for a coke head, and hard drinking dim wit.

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Fed Up


    The skeleton's already out of the closet. This isn't going to put it back in. I know we shouldn't worry because McSame and Palin have plenty of others in there ready to fall out.

    Remember McSame's lame gas tax holiday? A whole lot of good that would have done us ... NOT!

    Well, at least Palin sold the Governor's plane on eBay. Oh, that's not true either? What a surprise.

    Go Obama!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Fran

    An investigative report on the Sunday New York Times is very revealing and raises questions on Palin's temperament and political practices. One her friends even stated that when discussing Palin's future political career, Palin revealed her goal was to ultimately become President! It is of grave concern that someone with so little depth and knowledge, and who displays complete certainty about matters she knows nothing about, has been placed (by 72-year old McCain) one heartbeat away from becomeing President!

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. dee

    they are hauntingly the same Please AMERICA I pray we do not make the same mistake we cannot have 4 more years of this NO WAY NOW HOW NO MCCAIN NO PALIN WAKE WE CANNOT STAND ANOTHER SECTION OF THIS PLEASE NO NO ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

    September 16, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. KL

    I do not understand Palin, she was all for the investigation before she became the VP, now she has McCain involved in this. The investigation as I understand it was on going before she became the VP. If she has nothing to hide, why stop now Palin. Come clean and show the people of Alaska and the other states you did nothing wrong. If you do not this will be hanging over you for years to come. McCain I believe did not do his home work on picking his VP, if he did he would have known that there was an investigation going on with his choice of VP. Looking at what she would be doing as VP it is not much, they have given her the job if elected that they know she cannot mess up. People of America, do you really want another 4 years of Bush, because if you put McCain into office that is what you will have. For him to state that nothing is wrong and then the news comes about Wall Street tumbling, there is something wrong here. McCain better do his research on things before he opens his mouth on what is going on in the good USA.

    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Elizabeth September 16th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

    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).

    Very weird statement, given the current situation.

    And by the way, it's Republicans who normally hate lawyers and knee-jerk lawsuits.

    Get your talking points straight.

    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Veteran in Kansas

    EXCUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE ME. This a legistative investigation being conducted by an bipartisain commission so that no one can claim political biais. She agreed to cooperate, but then again that was before she became important, after all she was only the Governor of Alaska at that time.

    If there no smoke why not let the fireman in so you get a clean bill of health, on the other hand where there's smoke there is normally fire.

    Above the law, outside the reach of legislative oversight, no one is above the law and no one is beyond the reach of oversight. That is of course unless you name is Cheney/Palin it appears.

    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. LGriff



    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. ike Morah

    The whole episode sounds like a cloned Dick Cheney

    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  24. Ana

    If there ain't no evidence to the contrary of her innocence, why does Palin care so much about Elton and French. Gimme a break...sounds like more snow to mask the dirty tracks.

    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Andy

    This is the last straw. If she has nothing to hide, then why fight it!!!

    Also, she is blaming Obama for starting the investigation. Yea, right! Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought this investigation started before she was even brought on board the Republican "train to no where".

    I guess the McCains can make this go away, but that sure won't answer any questions and make it apparent that the type of ruling she does is just that. She rules with an iron fist. Out of my way if you disagree with me and I'll give you a great job w/ great pay if you do. How many different ways does the press have to put these things out there before people see what Palin really is and get as far away from her and her high-handed politics as they can.

    Tina Fey does a better job of Sarah Palin than Sarah Palin does.

    September 16, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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