September 16th, 2008
01:05 PM ET
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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. Darrel from Denver

    And 5 Republicans standing up to try to block the investigation is not partisan and tainted?

    Hypocrite is what she is...and likely guilty. Otherwise, they would let it play out unimpeded.

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

    She is not even in office and the GOP is suing to stop an investigation. Sounds like a page out of the Bush/Cheney playbook.

    How can anyone say this ticket will be different from the current administration when they have already proven they can't even run a camaign without a scandals popping up everywhere they turn???

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

    The McCain/Palin rep that was just on CNN says it should go to the impartial Personnel Board, you do realize Palin appointed all 3 people on that board, eight?

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


    America will vote for the both of them

    And i hope they haul her off to jail directly afterwards

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

    wow. this is getting pretty ridiculous. Sarah Palin is supposed to be all about transparency, right? Well, her corrput web of lies is gettng pretty transparent. good job Sarah, you were finally honest about something.


    Say it with me now – PRESIDENT Barack Obama!

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

    B-b-b-but it was a BIPARTISAN commission (with a 3-2 Republican majority!) that sanctioned this investigation! I am shocked by this move and even more surprised that I am shocked in the first place.

    Palin is just another, corrupt, secretive "aw shucks" politician from a backwoods state who has complete disrespect for the laws which us normal people have to abide by. As the sheen wears off, McCain is starting to slip again in the polls and this is only the beginning.

    OK, so she is hard right wing (which is fine, everyone has their own political views), relatively inexperienced (OK, too in mitigating circumstances), wholly unqualified (not OK), unable to speak to the issues facing this country except in campaign talking points, corrupt and a bald faced liar on the stump. Or worse, she is not lying and just doesn't know what she is talking about.

    Aren't conservatives thinking that they may have made a huge mistake here? This was the first major decision by John McCain and his risk is backfiring. Sarah Palin is not ready to be president.

    September 16, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. faye, NV

    This lady is hiding quite a few things, secrets can be revealed if the investigator talk to the right ones. Whatever happens this case does not need to be closed.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. Jeff

    The Hypocrisy of the Religious Right is unbelievable, reminiscient of the Pharisees and Sadduccees, they ought to be ashamed of themselves. As a Christian, Palin needs to be honest and transparent. This should remind everyone of the hypocritical morals/ethics these Republicans have. Just look at the Bush Admin. and the Jack Abramoff Scandals... that party is so full of deception, slander, and immorality! They have no moral ground to stand on, so they are slinging mud at Obama. Nice... real nice.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. danny kun of vancouver

    First she refuse to answer questions from the media now she is refusing to cooperate in this investigation.

    Remember Valerie Plame, Americans wake up!

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. RT

    For someone who claims to want to make Washington politics "transparent" why don't you show a little more transparency yourself Mrs. Palin?

    Funny, five Republican lawmakers calling the investigation partisan when its being conducted by a bipartisan commission. The committee is made up of 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats. Oh, and don't forget that the investigation is the Obama campaign's fault even though it started before she was named VP nominee.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. gl

    Palin is a liar and a cheat and I am not going to set around and let this woman ran the White House. The American people have had enough of dishonest, lies, distortion, and the rich keep getting rich.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. jeremy

    I smell the stench of guilt. Your not getting out of this one! We already had scandals in the white house and that is one place where you will never be....

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Deborah Parcell

    Just watched an interview with Palin spokesman concerning probe. He insisted that the Personel Board of Alaska was appropriate place for investigation. Question???Who appointed the Board members?

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. jstertn

    It's no more than Obama lied about Tony Rezo, william Ayers,REV Wright. Sat in the church 20 years and didn't hear the things that Rev Wright said. Everybody knows that he was lying. And still is. He was
    right with all of those crooked men.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Mary

    What's Palin afraid of???? Now she's refusing to answer questions about Trooper-Gate. The McCain camp is basically sequestering her when she reads her speeches from the monitor. Somebody needs to pull the plug when she's giving a speech. I think she'll break down like a zombie Stepford wife and won't know what to say. Give it up, Sarah. You are not qualified to become the V.P. Stay home with your kids, who right now could use your help a ton; teenager pregnant, son shipped off to military because of drug use, and a Down syndrome baby. Whew!!!!

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. d langdonse

    Warren Buffett who is a huge supporter of Obama was asked in an interview if he would hire Obama as his replacement. His response was that Obama's skill set was not suited to such a role. Who ever is taking these non issues about Palin and turning them into something are making a grave error as once again she dominates the news cycle. Look at the polls people - McPalin should be trailing by 20 points but instead they are gaining.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. Latina for Obama

    Sarah, what's the matter? Do you have a few skeletons hiding in your closet?

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. alaskan guy

    I hope no one is surprised by this move. They are getting increasingly shrill and seem to be panicking by what might be found. By the way, there are many legislative Republicans who are still backing the probe. Also, now there are NEW reasons given why Monegan was fired. Why are these being cited now? And what happened to the promise we heard of an "open and transparent" administration? In Alaska, we have two kinds of rivers-those that flow out of glaciers and those that don't. Those that DON'T flow out of glaciers are crystal clear. Those that DO flow out of glaciers are gray and murky. Like the communications that come out of the administration. Why the secrecy? Why the private e-mail accounts for state business?

    The rest of the country may be surprised to know that the very Dems she is criticizing now were her greatest supporters in the AGIA process. And it MAY be her own party who is trying to bring her down.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Palin and Repugnants are a joke

    Right, ist's Obama who started this investigation even before he even knew she was going to be a candidate. It doesn't matter who contacted who, it's just more of the same from McSame.

    She wants to be the Vice President of the United States and do the same as bush and company has done to thwart investigations when they have broken the law. She wants it to be by her rules, to work with the personnel board who is partial to her. Do we want more of our constitution erodes by those who think they have USURP POWER!

    What a joke this is the USA and nobody should be above the LAW!

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. jenn

    I want to see an Obama ad stating all the issues surrounding troopergate and ending with the quote "What's she trying to hide?" Could be very effective.

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Anthony Johnson

    So, she'll only comply if there are people on the board that agree with their G.O.P. agenda! If she has nothing to hide, it shouldn't who's on the board!

    September 16, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Election Watcher

    Clearly the whole investigate issue is being exagerrated for political gain by pro-obamites. I don't fall for this for a second.
    "O" = zero

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Ryan

    Isn't it funny that republicans bash trial lawyers all day long, but won't hesitate to sue when it is in their interest.

    What is this, republican hypocrisy number 200 of this campaign.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Marie

    I smell a cover up....

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. aughhhh

    She's just digging a deeper hole for herself and McCain by refusing to cooperate. It makes her look guilty and not trustworthy. The country is tired of being lied to, she needs to fully cooperate and the truth will come out. There are Republicans as well as Democrats on the investigation committee, so what does she have to fear? She is the female Bush.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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