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

Palin allies sue to halt trooper probe

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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. Lissa in Montreal

    How can this be a McCarthyist investigation when it was well under way before Palin was ever McCain's running mate? Her refusal to cooperate and her blaming of Dems is just a good excuse for her to cry "victim" again. First it was because she's a woman. Then, she's a mother. Now she's being unfairly investigated. Puh-leeze. She's made her bed only she doesn't like the wrinkles in the blanket!!

    September 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Latina for Obama

    and they can do that?

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

    They don't need to hold off nothing. Palin said bring it own and she had nothing to hide!!

    September 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Tony

    TYPICAL REPUBLICAN!

    AS CORRUPT AS THEY COME!

    September 16, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Shirell

    Nothing to hide! RIGHT! The less she says, the more proof is shown She 's a wanna-be VP. The bubble is shrinking for Sarah/McCain, I mean, McCain/Sarah.

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Bulldog

    I think this will actually backfire against Palin. If she didn't do anything wrong then she didn't need to hire a private lawyer and would be cooperating like she said she would. But now all of a sudden they are trying to blame democrats and now they are taking it to court. I think just by her uncooperation she appears to be guilty of some type of wrongdoing. They are sure are acting desperate.

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Ryan

    The investigation started BEFORE she was chosen as McCain's running mate. It isn't some stupid ploy to stop her from becoming VP, it is an ongoing investigation. The way Palin has been behaving lately makes it clear she has something to hide.

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Los

    This is appalling. Or should I say a-palin'?

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. observer

    If she is so transperant then why not the law take its own course. what is she afraid of.

    of the 10 people involved in the investigation 6 r republicans in contrast to 4 democrats.... so how can the democrats be politicalizing it.....

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Celeste

    Ms. Sarah: One way or the other, you will be tried. Either by the system or in the court of public opinion. It's your call. Choose wisely.

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Obama Supporter from FL

    Why don't you just let them finish the probe? It sounds like they will decide that the trooper was a jerk anyway, and that there were independent issues that could have been the reason for the firing of the commissioner, so WHAT are they so scared of?

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

    Here we go again with a negative article against Palin. CNN why don't you just tell us right out that you are 100% behind Obama. Anything negative you can bring up on McCain and Palin you print it but of course nothing against Obama.

    Anyway, only time will tell in November, when after all the voting is done McCain and Palin are still going to win. So keep on with your negative reporting and we will have the last laugh on CNN, Obama and his vindictive supporters.

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. People make no sense

    Wow – this is incredible. Republican high powered lawyers diverting justice once again. Rove, Gonzales, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and many many others... the list continues. Reform you can believe in...

    September 16, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. beevee

    Does palin have something to hide in the firing of the State's public service commissioner? if not why is she and hercroonies trying to interve in the investigation? Pitbull's should be afraid of anything.

    September 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. kamenwati

    Liar Palin just lied again.

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

    LOL yea, considering the probe began before she was named the VP candidate....................whatever. More Republican crying – isn't anyone else getting sick of this? They viciously attack anything liberal or democratic, but heaven forbid anyone question them about anything. We're supposed to treat them with "deference". Where the heck is the "liberal" media – they should be having a field day with the Republican party.

    September 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. JEric

    McCain's Blackberry comment was a joke. Doesn't he know it was developed by the Canadian Company "Research In Motion"? It had nothing to do with McCain. His campaign went from ugly to laughable. He should spend more time with "the google".

    Now imagine Palin in office, she seems to have no serious connections with economists or foreign policy experts. If something happened to McCain would she fill her cabinet with some old high school friends from Wasilla? Wouldn't surprise me it's happened before as governor, if she lands a spot of power we're all doomed.

    September 16, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. eli

    sick. another bush presidency in the making. lies, cover-ups, cronyism. good luck USA!!

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Cindy P

    You can run... you can hide... you can lie! That's the GOP Way

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Cam

    Does America really want a Vice President who willingly sidesteps a lawful investigation? Especially when that candidate is platforming about change in Washington?

    I mean, if she is innocent as she claims, she would just cooperate and get it over with.

    I really can't believe how ignorant people are in their blind faith of Palin.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Tony

    IF YOU ARE INNOCENT AND HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, AS SHE HAS BEEN SCREECHING FROM THE ROOFTOPS FROM DAY ONE, THEN ONE WOULD THINK THAT SHE WOULD WELCOME AN INVESTIGATION TO CLEAR HER NAME.

    THIS HAS GUILTY WRITTEN ALL OVER IT.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. hurriCAIN PALIN

    why are there always so much pro-bama comments on these blogs,

    cnn are you bias. do you pro-bama commentators have nothing else

    to do? NOBAMA PLEASE

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. spiculari

    it is a bit fishy that she does not want to cooperate... as if she is hiding something...

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Anita from Arizona

    Transparency!!!!!!!!!!! This is the Republican ticket that promises transparency in government if they were elected?? If they can't do it now, how do we know they'll do it in office??? Republican Senator McCain and Republican Governor Palin's records and their actions prove they can not be trusted to change Washington.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    First, she pledged to comply completely, and in fact, "welcomed" the investigation. (Bring 'em on?)

    Second, isn't the investigating committee bi-partisan, with a majority of Republicans?

    Third, I don't think "McCarthyistic" is a real word.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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