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. stephen .E

    Sarah is like that bridge she`s going no where !!!

    September 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Okay – why should you listen to me?
    2 days before Palin was selected, B4, I posted in the CNN blogs it would be a female, pro lifer, who was relatively unknown to bounce away from the fact he was following Limbaugh's orders. (SCOOP!)
    2 days after she was selected, I predicted she would resign for 'family reasons' which would just be another LIE. (SCOOP2?)
    One blogger made a point I cannot take credit for but MAKES SENSE.
    Think about this, she was a pick to appease Limbaugh, get a Convention turn out, ignite the right and the FAR right, then come back with his real choice, Lieberman. (SCOOP3???)

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

    every body knows democrats are behind this investigation the only purpose is to harm palin because she is a danger for obama..imagine obama send 10,000 surrogate to dig for dirt against palin. this is going to backfire like it had backfire in the past 2 weeks. JA JA. JA JA

    September 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Michael james

    Interesting how the person who is being investigated gets to decide if the investigation is fair. Not cooperating is absurd.

    September 16, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Curtis - Marietta, GA

    If she gets away with this, I as an American will never pay another ticket, state tax, federal tax, judgment or anything else that may get me in legal trouble.

    Why? Because everyone is out to get me, so I don't have to follow the law. Wow, this is nice!

    September 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Justin, ny

    only problem here is that there are MORE REPUBLICANS on this investigative board than democrats (by a 3 to 2 margin)... so, exactly whose agenda is being pushed?

    September 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Gov. Sarah Palin is not being truthful.. Gov Palin is acting as if she is above the law..

    September 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Real Real Change

    This is the “Palin Doctrine.” It’s the principle of preemptive corruption.

    Now when they are elected, and people start to say “hey you’re corrupt and we don’t like that.” She and ole whats-his-name go “touch.” You knew we were corrupt when you elected us so now you can’t gripe about it.

    September 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. John in Ohio

    Go on wikipedia and search "Alaska Public Safety Commissioner dismissal".

    September 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. SHE DID IT.... GUILTY....

    Sarah, just talk to the inquiring minds and lets get on with it.. You know you fired that poor guy because he wouldn't bend to your wishes. Never mind he was probably almost ready for retirement, you fired him, ruined his life and his families, all for your political ambition.

    SHE DID IT, RUINED MONEGANS LIFE, TRIED TO RUIN HER X BROTHER N LAWS LIFE..... ALL FOR HER POLITICAL AMBITIONS

    Sarah, we certainly don't need your kind in the white house, because we've already had 7 years of Cheney, so just go back to Alaska and take whats coming to you...

    September 16, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Richard --- Rockingham, NC

    Looks like to me that its ( McCain-Palin) already beginning to look like the Bush White House, refusing to testify and being above the law.

    September 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. Pitbull without lipstick

    SHE definitely has something to hide but the press is too afraid of her to ask any real questions regarding trooper-gate investigation or her allegiance with the AIP or her religious right wing views.

    If this nutjob is elected be prepared we will all have to start believeing in her church:

    1.) speaking in tongues, Possession
    2.)alaska is the last land that will stand during judgement day
    3.) creationism (that follows pentecostal views not including other christian views)
    4.) God wages wars on other countries not people
    5.) Palin is the chosen one who will lift the pentecostal church to new heights. SO they think she is their MESSIAH!!!!!!!!! How scary.

    September 16, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. jimmy

    WITH ALL THE CRITICAL ISSUES FACING OUT COUNTRY AND NOW AS WE SPEAK THE STOCK MARKET AND FIANACIAL MELTDOWN , AMERICANS MUST BE WONDERING WHY CNN AND THE MEDIA ARE GIVING SO MUCH AIR TIME TO GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN'S "ALLEGED PRESSURE ON THE FIRING SAFETY COMMISIONER OF ALASKA. SARAH PALIN'S POPULARITY AND THE SAGGING OBAMA CAMPAIGN HAS THE MEDIA WORRIED.
    THE MEDIA SHOULD TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT THE TROOPER WHO CAUSED THIS PROBLEM. . HE ADMITTED TO DRINKING ON THE JOB.

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

    84000 people lost their jobs in the month of August alone
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac lost $30 BILLION because of the Bush Administration
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Thousands of homes foreclosed every day now
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    American does not need another senseless war.
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    KATRINA and how it was handled was a national disgrace
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    4000+ American soldiers dead in Iraq & over 150000 Iraqi’s
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Bush fired US attorneys illegally
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    CIA agent Valerie Plame cover leaked by Bush & Cheney Administration
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    The corruption of ENRON
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Republican lobbyist JACK ABRAMOFF
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Bush Commutes Scooter Libby's Prison Term
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Sex Predator MARK FOLEY whose job in congress was to protect our children.
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Gas Prices jump from $0.89 per gal in 2000 to $4.00+ per gal right now in 2008
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    National debt increases $1.93 BILLION each DAY now over 9 trillion TOTAL
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    American major banks bankrupt
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Illegal WIRE TAPPING dishonoring the constitution of the United States of America
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    No child left behind a disaster for our children
    "NOT ANTOHER 4 YEARS"

    Bush finally admits he was a drunk but lied about it back in 2000 campaign
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Hundreds of millions in profit for oil companies and their CEO'S.
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Our soldiers sent to battle field WITHOUT proper armor.
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    "Mission Accomplish banner on aircraft carrier with BUSH, We are still at THIS DUM WAR.
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    Wall Street big CEO BONUSES, NO OVERSIGHT, & NO REGULATIONS led to banks going under.
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    AIG need 76 billion to be saved from going under. .
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    HP Latest Mega Company to cut 28000 jobs
    "NOT ANOTHER 4 YEARS"

    A vote for Mccain/Palin/Bush will be the same as the last 8 years.

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. lil

    The mccain campaign is blaming Obama for this too.

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

    She was for the investigation before she was against it.

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    WHAT???? You're going to sue some one for investigating someone who is about to have the second most powerful job in the world for abuse of power????? THIS IS INSANE!!!! I AM COMPLETELY APPALLED!!! What has this world come to. She is obviously guilty due to her lack of cooperation into the whole matter. Now she is sueing???? Can anyone see the corruption and injustice here? Or am I just blind? Every Inquiry I had about Palin has just been answered. She is using the same horrible tactics the Bush Administration has been using for almost 8 years. God have mercy on our souls. PLEASE PEOPLE!!!! I am scared for my life, and the lives of my loved ones. Seriously, I am not joking one bit.

    CNN POST THIS PLEEEASE!

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Douglas Marshall Jr.

    As a lifelong Republican I am finally convinced that this one time I must cross party lines and vote with the Democrats. I have two children who will be of age soon and I cannot risk sending them off to war with a commander in chief who lies and deceives the public and who shirks responsibility of office. McCain is a disappointment, but Palin is a liar and a deceiver.

    I am saddened to leave my party, and I make enough money to pay higher taxes under Obama's plan, but the lives of my children are worth it.

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Richard

    If there is nothing to hide why is she hiding? If I didn't cooperate with an investigation I'd be locked up. Maybe she should spend some time behind bars to think about cooperating with the same laws she would be forced to impose if she was VP. Sounds like Palin don't understand what a VP is supposed to be, you can't enforce laws if you're breaking them or think you're above the law.

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. James B. New Jersey

    Then investigation started proir to her pick now that it has become a problem she doesn't want to cooperate. At first McCains press person (The one with the great smile) Said that no one would fault Palin because of what the trroper was accused of. I guess they underestimated the peoples belief in innocent before proven guilty.

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Jason in AZ

    Just show us all that she has something to hide and is not fit to be the Vice President. It is scary when someone who wants to be VP of The United States is trying to hide the truth and yet people are supporting this woman? Come on America wake up and see what is going on here!

    September 16, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    It would appear that Camp McCain/Palin wants to make this a political issue in the national campaign. They need a better reason than the one they claimed today.

    The format for the investigation began before she even knew what the VP of the USA actually does on a day to day basis. The people were selected prior to her being announced as nominee.

    Palin just told the American people on ABC EVening News that she would fully cooperate. Her credibility just went out the window. Do you think anyone is going to notice or care?

    September 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. April in Texas

    This whole Troopergate is giving me a headache.. This all happened before, I repeat BEFORE she was a VP choice and therefore it should proceed period. She said she would cooperate and then went back on that... She is looking more and more guilty every step so far that I have seen..

    September 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. TrueTrue

    Sarah Palin is just there to get the women vote and getJohn McCain in the White House. Once he is elected the investigation will continue then she will have to step down and let the real vice president choice take the seat.

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

    Sounds like good old Bush tactics again...

    September 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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