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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soundoff (351 Responses)
  1. Former McCain

    Lying, corruption, cover-ups, diversions, hypocrisy, stealing, polarization, and secrecy have sadly become the trademarks of the McCain campaign now. The partisan claim also does not carry much truth when there are 3 Republicans & 2 Democrats on the investgation. No more lies please.

    Voting Obama.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Fired over "budgetary issues" really does not make sense when you stop and think about it. Does that mean that she eliminated the top law enforcement position in the State of Alaska because the state budget could no longer afford the position?

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

    Whatever happen to due process? It's starting to stink for Sarah.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. KJ, CA

    Do you really want someone who is second in line to the most powerful position in the world to be someone who already has a history of absuing the power of the offices that she has held?

    If she didn't do anything why is she trying to stop the investigation?

    And, kinda puzzled how the Obama campaign is responsible for this when the investigation began in July?

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. 45 year old white lady for Obama

    if she's innocent of any wrong doing then you'd think she would welcome the investigation to get it over with so that she could concentrate on the election. All I hear from the McCain campaign regarding this woman is everyone is picking on her. She and McCain better toughen up!! Isn't that the advice She gave Hillary??

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. leezee

    FLIP-FLOOOOOOOOOP!!!!! so much for the "transparency and accountability" the repubs are promising- oh – that is for everyone except themselves- I forgot!

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Elene

    Where does Ed O'Callaghan get his facts from about the report of Obama's campaign contacting Alaskan legislature? This was an interview on another network which showed that no information could be given to them in regards to this investigation. I am sure that O'Callaghan woulld not sway Americans to believe something that is not true would he??

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Carolline

    This Stinks like all the Republican Brand....
    Did I hear "Reform".. They have to reform themselves. They have reformed enough of this country for the last eight years.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Pam

    Isn't the personal board made up of at least some Palin appointees? So let me understand this, she'll cooperate with a board of her choosing, but won't cooperate with the legislature because it is headed by Democratic senators?

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Richard Miller

    Something smells. So much for transparency. What else is she hiding?????

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Transparency please

    Bipartisan AK officials initially decided that an investigation is warranted. Bipartisan AK officials decided that subpoenas are in order. Investigation has been in place well before Gov. Palin was nominated to be VP of the US.
    This is very shady and has the same stench as the current regime. How Cheney-like of Gov. Palin. Shameful conduct.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. The Voice

    This woman is creepy, scary!

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. joyce

    Governor Plain should cooperate with the investigation. What does she have to hide? She is entitled to be investigated if it is deemed necessary. Why cry foul when all candidates have had some form of investigation into their past.

    Why should Governor Palin dictate who will do an investigation and who will not. Governor Palin is direcfting everyone to the Personnel Board because these are her friends and she will be vindicated through this avenue.

    September 16, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Jim

    Get used to it people. Just wait till she gets in the White House, she will make Cheney look like the Pope. The American people are to stupid to realize they are being lied to so they should get exactly what they deserve. Hopefully the country goes into another depression so the Rethuglicans can be 2 for 2 on that subject.

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  15. Hank Castle let's watch for the Republican Big Wallets to come out with some "shut up" money so all this will conveniently go away.....

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. Sacto Joe

    Palin = Cheney with lipstick!

    Wake up, America!

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Gary, Detroit

    Dick Cheney with a skirt. Oh, and let's not forget the lipstick.

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Sarah Plain and small

    Hey republicans, remember when bush wanted to wiretap all of America, and people complained, and you said, "if you don't have anything to hide, why are you worried? you must have something to hide if you're complaining"... Sucks being on the other end of that argument huh?

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Pete M in Columbus

    Sounds like Palin is taking lessons from Cheney and Rove.


    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. John

    And McCain and Palin say they are bringing change to Washington? Is this the change they are talking about?

    This is crazy! This smells of Bush/Chaney and their many fronts to the rule of law and the abuse of executive privilege. She won't comply with investigators because they are "not one of them" WHAT A JOKE!

    Obama is not much better but why do people vote for this stuff knowing this just because they hate gays and hate abortion and think like "religious" people?

    I guess I don't know what a religious person is because religious people don't lie, block investigations, misuse power, etc. I just don't get it I guess.

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. No more Karl Rove Politics!!

    McCain should allow Palin to cooperate with the commission in the Troopergate scandal.
    How can anything they say be taken as credible when they are avoiding this inquiry that Palin originally agreed to participate? If she was found guilty, I'm sure Bush would pardon her anyway!




    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Darrell

    Yep this is going to count for experience for Palin.She can see Russia and now she will be an expert on what ?? She is above the law just like McCain.And this was such a great pick for VP.The Republicans keep bragging her up like she is the Queen of America.If you can't cooperate with a mostly Republican inquiry how do you expect to work in the Whitehouse ? I guess this prooves that even she knows how much she lies and is scared to cooperate.If she was out to tell the truth there would ne no need to hide and keep silent.She is a joke all the way around and Silent Sarah is only willing to speak from scripts.

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Republican for Obama

    This is the reason I am now voting democrat for the first time. The republican party has lost all its marbles with me. How can you trust Palin to VP affairs when she won't even talk with the officials from her own state?

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Sammy

    Convenient. The problem is that the republicans have forgotten that the coverup is worse than the crime. Thing is, we dont even know if there was a crime because the investigation is ongoing and nothing has been proven. 'Politically motivated' is an old charge. To be fair much of the time its true... as Bill Clinton knows. But then again... he lied under oath so he did commit a crime. If he admitted to it when it happened it would have gone away eventually. He and his advisers made it worse.

    September 16, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. J Skeezie

    LOL. She's my choice for VP!

    September 16, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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