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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  1. Janice

    Palin welcomed this bi-partisian investigation, then she wouldn't testify, now she wants it stopped.

    Can you say cover-up? She and Dick Cheney could be twins.

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

    Nice. Palin was being investigated for this long before she became the VP on the Republican ticket. And now, she and the Republicans are calling the probe "tainted" and "partisan".

    Not sure how anyone with more then a third grade education, could argue this point and actually believe it.

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

    Biden and McCain are the only ones qualified to be in this race, and since only one of them is running for president, this is a very easy choice

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. mike

    I guess Sarah Palin is above the law just like the rest of the republicans. Let's vote them in for 8 more years of corruption, cover ups and thumbing their nose at the constitution. This smells like the last 8 years of Bush reincarnated. It is unbelievable. The potential future VP (god forbid) objects to being investigated and tries to shrug it off and call it a witch hunt. Well she got the witch part right! If she is innocent, what is the problem? These republicans make me ill.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Ben

    I guess she wants to reform Washington to make it more accountable and transparent... just so long as it's not about her.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Eric

    She is a liar if she can't answer these questions under oath. America deserves to know the truth. If she did nothing wrong why is she running?

    Independent voting for Obama over the GOP circus.

    September 16, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    Wow....Bringing change to Washington...by doing the same things the old ones did.

    C'Mon..can we just drop the "Change" hoax the Republicans are trying to sell?

    September 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Mary - PA

    She agrees to cooperate with the investigation and now she wants to stop it. Yeah, that's real republican cooperation for you.

    September 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957

    Is she saying a Republican is bad?

    Shockkk..

    waaaaawawawaaaaa...

    September 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Reed

    IT'S STARTING TO STINK IN ALASKA!......Palin is hiding something.

    September 16, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. No Palin

    Suprise, suprise!

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

    COVERUP BIGTIME....she's a liar

    September 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Independent for Obama

    What a sham this woman is.

    Vote for the truth, Obama/Biden '08!

    September 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Palin and Repugnants are a joke

    Palin claiming executive priviledge I guess, just like Bush. Don't want the truth to come out might damage her credibility.

    Palin has nothing to hide, but will unlikely co-operate? Investigation started before her candicacy. More republicans on investigation team by 3 to 2.

    You get to decide who is going to investigate you in America. That's a new one....lets all go rob the banks and then tell the judge we want a couple of our fellow bank robbers to do the investigation.

    September 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Oh Sara

    Palin is a COWARD that will not follow her own code of transparency in Government. If you have nothing to hide then fess up. Stop the lies, our leaders need to held accountable no matter if your a Republican or Democrat.

    September 16, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. ACA, Chicago, IL

    The AK Repubs are desperate to stop this. They know this is will torpedo Ol' Sarah's reputation. Had McCain really vetted her, shoe would not have made it. Unfortunately, he was desperate to save his campaign...Sorry, John...You might have peaked too early.

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

    Um...this investigation began way prior to her becoming VP. What does Obama have to do with it?

    SOUNDS LIKE BUSH-CHENEY LITE. NEVER BLINK, GO WITH YOUR GUT, DENY DENY DENY.

    I'm so over that form of governing.

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

    Something smells fishy. Perhaps the "Barracuda" is hiding something rotten in Alaska. ..... It's starting to stink !

    September 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Pat

    your all closeminded.

    September 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. bruja

    Now that's America! If you have powerfull friends, you are ok, if not, you are – well – .no so ok!

    September 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Bradley In Colorado

    Tsk, Tsk, Repuglicans.

    Mrs. Palin, either submit to the investigation, or look really suspicious and guilty (which we all know you are).

    No matter what happens, you'll always be scum in my eyes.

    September 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. marcel

    She wants to keep this quiet. What does Governor Palin have to hide if she did nothing wrong. A lot!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Krystyn

    How is this ok? How are they getting away with saying its tainted and partisan when its HER allies trying to block things. The commission was set up in JULY, clearly before her VP nomination.

    I seriously do not get how this could be happening.

    September 16, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. JERRY

    "MyCarythyistic" Palin says.

    Palin is the biggest threat to our democracy since McCarthy.

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. no trickle down...

    We already know she's a lier, that will try to get what she wants at all costs!

    BUT that's nothing new – lets get back to what's important – the state of the American economy and the Bush/McCain policies that got us there.

    If McCain was so much for change – how come he didn't change anything over the last 26 years....? Now he thinks the Economy is strong. I'd hate to see it when it's Weak!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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