September 22nd, 2008
01:04 PM ET
14 years ago

FBI searches home of lawmaker's son in Palin e-mail hacking

(CNN) - FBI agents investigating the hacking of a personal email account belonging to Alaska governor Sarah Palin have searched the home of the son of a Democratic state legislator, federal law enforcement sources said Monday.

The search occurred late Saturday and early Sunday at the Knoxville home of David Kernell, 20, son of Memphis Democrat Mike Kernell.

Officially, Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney acknowledged Monday only that "investigative activity occurred" over the weekend. But three sources familiar with the case confirmed the search of Kernell's residence. No documents have been made public showing what equipment or evidence agents had seized.

The sources requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been filed.

Although charges may be filed, none was believed to be imminent, according to the sources.
Palin's email account was hacked, and some of the contents were displayed briefly last week on an Internet website.

Although the displayed messages did not contain significant political disclosures, the McCain-Palin campaign issued a statement calling the incident "a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law."

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soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. mitchell

    why was she using yahoo ?

    September 22, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Michael

    Like father, like son.

    September 22, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Doug R.

    I think Palin owes an explanation to the American public why she was using her personal e-mail account for official Alaska business.

    September 22, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Alec

    That kid did a good thing. Leave him alone. She deserved it.

    September 22, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Boye

    I wouldn't be surprised if someone from the McCain campaign comes out and blames Obama for this one (especially since it's the son of a Democrat).

    September 22, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)

    And the McCain right wingers will tie this to Obama...

    September 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Troopergate

    Stick to the main story please. Yes it's back to hack computers, but what's worse is to blatantly ignore court subpoenas like you're above the law.

    September 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Dave


    September 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Feminist Julie

    Shouldn't they be investigating Palin instead? Prisons are built for Republicans. They all end up there. Obama’s rise in the polls recently is because NOW, the National Organization of Women has endorsed Obama/Biden. Because there is no woman on the Democrat ticket. There are too many women in high office already, and anyway, women really are not equipped to be giving orders to anybody other than children at a school or daycare.

    September 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Gidget Goes To Washington

    Im sure the GOP idiots will somehow say Obama did it.

    September 22, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Hitler Youth for Obama

    The democrats are the ones behaving in a despicable fashion this election cycle.

    Obama has inspired an army of vitriolic followers who do not respect nor care for the democratic process.

    Obama has destroyed the democratic party with his dirty Chicago style politics.

    September 22, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. McCain Bill1991

    that's OK can always pull a Todd and not cooperate, if they sapeona you, you can say ..."no, i dont think i am going to talk to you". i mean if it works for Palin why not the rest of us?

    September 22, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Eating Buffalo Wings in Heaven with Russert

    Is anyone here stunned that the kid of a democrat may have done this? Good Lord, has the DNC gotten that desperate that they'd either stoop to such a level themselves and blame their kids, or that they'd encourage their kids to do this?

    Shameful. Change we can what, Obamabots?

    PRINT THIS CNN, you bunch of pro-obamabot sympathizers.

    September 22, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Cindy from NC

    I bet you if this kid will have to go to court if he is ISSUED A Subpoena ...he will have to comply OR FACE JAIL.

    Palin makes me sick.

    September 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Dave C - NJ

    Countdown until this is front page news on Fox and the brainiacs on the right start screaming on the blogs in 10, 9, 8, .......

    September 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Be certain to make public the emails that involve state business being conducted by Sarah Palin. While it is by no means acceptabe to have hacked her e-mail account, it is now responsible to take the evidence that this provides in her abuse of power as well as her unethical conduct using public email to circumvent laws.

    Her, her husbands and her cohorts outright refusal to co-operate with the judicial system should be extended to any and all citizens of this country, including those being investigated on her request.

    If it's ok for her or her hubby or her co-conspirators to disregard subpoenas, then it should be for everyone else in this great country.

    September 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. E-mail wire for Obama brigade

    The democrats have lost their way- their obsession with installing Obama has over ridden common sense, common decency, the democratic process and even the rules of their own party.

    Now it is "win at any cost, by any means available".

    Obama is a menace to the democratic process.

    September 22, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. J from DC

    Work related e-mail, belongs to the Job. Not the person.

    September 22, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Silence Dogood

    Obama is at it again. See how he influences his followers? He may not have told this guy to do it, but the influence is there and Obama knows it very well.

    When your leader feels he is above the rules and law as he has shown, why are we surprised? Of course this smug, elite attitude is going to make a certain part of his faithful think this way. It all starts to seem OK to lie and break laws themselves.

    I actually had a follower tell me the other day it was probably OK to "do anything" to get him in office. Scary indeed.

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. mike

    A demorat of course.

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. SK

    Just wait for the McCain camp to blame Obama for hacking the account.

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Funny that Palin and McCain camps have their undies in bunch because her email was hacked but why was she conducting govermental affairs on her private email accounts anyways should be the bigger question???? No one is wanting to ask that. What is she hiding?

    The republicans are the same ones that want to invade our privacies but HELL breaks loose when it is done to them. DOUBLE STANDARDS!!!

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Bulldog

    I'm sure the McCain camp will try to make this a HUGE political issue and try to blame Obama somehow. They are a bunch of crooked liars.

    September 22, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Oh please. Now she is distracting everyone from her own investigation. Listen, it's not that I hate republicans or I hate McCain, it's because I can't believe people are ACTUALLY buying this Palin Propaganda crap. Lord, have mercy on us all.

    September 22, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. J from DC

    The question is, Why investigate this case, And not answer questions about the more important case, on the tropper, and abuse of power. Which case is more vitle for the american people? Thats what the McCain people should be asked. I have not seen the emails, so this guy means nothing to me. I want to hear the answers, about the tropper, from Palin and her husband.

    September 22, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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