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. Doug in Seattle

    Move along now folks, there is nothing to see here!

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. r sisk, nevada

    Wow, what a big surprise that another republican is shielding themselves from the law. Maybe she can ignore subpoenas as did Rove and Meyers.

    If she said she would cooperate with the investigation, and if she is as HONEST as she claims to be, then she should honor her word. UNLESS, she has something to hide. I am tired of lawmakers breaking the law and what's worse is it is allowable.

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. McCain for Pres.

    It is two democratic senators going after sarah Palin to try to discredit her. Democratic sleazy politics again.

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Pitbull without lipstick

    She's our version of the taliban but in Alaska. Now conservatives in Alaska are threatening the anti-Palin rally women and sending them death threats. This sounds like we are not very far from becoming like the very enemies we are fighting against.

    America you are too special, don't let the religious nuts like Palin take over our precious country and it's values like the CONSTITUTION.

    God bless our future.

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Independent in DC

    Aren't 3 of the 5 on the commission Republicans? Talk about spin...

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Jerry Ohio

    This is disgusting what the republican trying to do if she under investigation continue with it because if it was me I will be in jail as of this moment everytime republican get in trouble with the law no conviction Palin does not have the right to stop the investigation....
    Palin is awful

    September 16, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. joey from nc

    Ya just because she has power in the government means she is above everyone. You think that any of us would have the same option as her to just not cooperate? If anything, we would get even more charges pressed for not complying. if they steal this election again, looks like we will have to look up our 2nd amendment rights and really take this country back.

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Donna

    And the judge should tell them to go take a hike!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. RON

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

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Wynter

    Another Presidential Election bought and sold by the GOP. And authorized by the Courts?

    No Way, No How!

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Alex

    If you didn't do anything wrong why are you so worried about what the investigation will find? This lady with power frightens me.

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. no trickle down...

    The Republican slogan should be "Lies You Can Believe In"!

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Debby

    Who cares already this is no big October surprise even if she fired this comissioner for not getting rid of her sicko ex-brother in-law who threatened the whole family and tasered a 10 year old she should be commended not this stupid investigation if she used her so called power or not. Keeping sick cops off the streets is something a governor should be doing in their states.

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

    oh brother, give me a break!!!!!!!! this is so shameful!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. GET REAL.

    Look, even if Palin is cleared later, who wants this baggage in the White House? Okay, Obama had his own, but what pieces of luggage is he STILL carrying? Ayers, Wright, Rezko are ALL in the past and no one can find a legitimate CURRENT issue he's struggling with. He's even wearing the dang flag pin now...

    You REALLY fear Obama that much? Economists (including T. Boone Pickens) are calling his energy and tax policies "acceptable", if not "brilliant." His "lack of experience" is tempered by his judgment. Where is the spin in that?

    Look at the facts: Palin IS embroiled in scandal currently, Obama isn't, and McCain & Palin surrogates (Rove, Fiorina) are even starting to say negative things about them. In the past 72 hours, we've heard that the economy is good, McCain invented the Blackberry, Palin is refusing to cooperate with the government she supposedly runs, and the economy is failing fast under Bush's regime (which McCain is 90% responsible for). Even if I was racist or a Clintonista, I take a black Clinton opponent over this. Would you rather eat your veggies (Obama), or a piece of rotting meat (McCain)?


    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Independent for Obama

    What happened to transparency and reform? Guess it only applies to others – not McCain/Palin.

    McCain/Palin need to STOP crying foul and provide FULL cooperation! This has always been a bipartisan investigation that began BEFORE Palin was the VP nominee.

    Hey, Sarah – take your own medicine!

    September 16, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Matt from CA

    Surpise surprise! Suddenly, they don't want to answer questions about abuses of power, or anything else that coud be relevant to Sarah Palin's abilities as a leader. I'm sure it won't take long for them to start calling it sexist.

    September 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. Tony in MT

    Just trying to buy some time so the election can happen without this being addressed. Why? Because she will doom the ticket when the truth comes out.

    Thank you, John McCain, for handing the election to the right man.

    September 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. More!

    The elitists in big government are trying to hurt Palin with this probe. She has the right to ban books, ban abortions, and make rape victims pay for their own mistake. If you don't agree with that, then you don't love the USA and I would question your patriotism.

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

    So typical. A partisan group of Republicans whining about partisanship. Give me a BREAK! Why doesn't she just speak the truth if she did nothing wrong?!?!

    I think we know who is 'tainted' and 'partisan'. Alaska Republicans. All of them.

    Obama/Biden '08!

    September 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. ray naraine

    what a shame, what a shame, i always thought and i always had the highest respect for america and the american people, but it such a disgrace that after eight years of george bush in the white house and the racists on the right doing what they do best, damaging this country daily and still the people in this country will vote for a republican ticket of macain and this liar of a woman who the white americans sees as god to them ,well then the americans dont have any respect for themselves or no dignity.this woman plain has a lot of skelton in her closet , its only a matter of time, it will be out so be aware america, another thing, anyone who thinks that race dont play a part in this election, think again, its called THE WHITE HOUSE PEOPLE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>DO THE MATHS

    September 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Claudia in Chattanooga

    I listened to Walt Monegan being interviewed last night (live). I'd like to know the actual SPECIFIC reasons Palin gave why he was dismissed. Are they backed up by actual incidents of misconduct or incompetence or are we dealing with smoke and mirrors here.

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

    Quite the maverick, isn't she?

    Hiding behind friends and lawyers.

    Out with the truth! If you're not guilty of anything, it will almost guarantee a win in November. Just think of the campaign strategies that could be spun around a complete exoneration.

    Or maybe there is something to hide.

    September 16, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. OBAMA the REAL Change

    When did our ELECTIONS begin to PROTECT Criminals? It’s her fault she felt she was ABOVE the LAW.........WE ARE going to see more criminal activities from this woman if she get away with THIS. SHE DOES NOT REPRESENT ME, I don't use my EPOWER of AUTHORITY to hide behind people that are having to worry about the struggling before McCain made his pick of VP. That’s the REAL reason she didn’t BLINK when McCain asked her. This is her way of getting special treatment and at the same time.

    Obama 08

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

    McCain's senior domestic policy advisor on the economy:

    Addressing the nation’s economic crisis, Holtz-Eakin told reporters traveling with the campaign “there’s no magic solution. And I don’t think that it’s at this moment imperative to write down exactly what the plan has to be.” He also said a president isn’t someone who needs to be heavily involved in policy specifics, which should be handled by “quality” advisers,

    By far, the most important and frightening statement made this political season.

    They have no plan, and the president is not heavily involved in policy specifics... Sound like anyone we know?

    September 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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