October 10th, 2008
08:21 PM ET
14 years ago

Report: Palin abused power, violated ethics code in trooper case

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/10/art.palin03.gi.jpg caption="Report: Palin ‘abused her power’"] ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska's governor and a violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator's report concluded Friday.

"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda," the report states.

View the full report (pdf)

Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's refusal to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force was "likely a contributing factor" to Monegan's July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to sack him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states. However, it states that her efforts to get Wooten fired broke a state ethics law that bars public officials from pursuing personal interest through official action.

Monegan has said he was fired in July after refusing pressure to sack Wooten, who had gone through an acrimonious divorce and custody battle with Palin's sister. Palin and her husband, Todd, have consistently denied any wrongdoing, describing Wooten as a "rogue trooper" who had threatened their family - allegations Branchflower discounted.

"I conclude that such claims of fear were not bona fide and were offered to provide cover for the Palins' real motivation: to get Trooper Wooten fired for personal family reasons," Branchflower wrote.

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  1. iv64

    More specifics. She broke the states ethics law and betrayed the trust of her constituents. NICE!!

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. MW Georgia

    What is really sad is all the people that keep insisting that Sara Palin is VP material. So sad that their own standards are set so low. I bet when all of this is over McShame will wish he could put that rabbit back in the hat.

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. Go Obama!

    WOW! Sarah, you have been pointing your finger down at Obama while standing on your moral high chair and look at you now! You HYPOCRITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  4. jonathan

    Sarah Cheney and John Bush!

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  5. La Raza

    Isn't that special?

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. jonesy

    the headline is wrong. she broke the law in trying to get wooten fired. she didn't break the law in firing moneghan.

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. RSB

    What now? She was the pit bull for the Republican party. That's not fair, I've actually seen some nice pit bulls. The poles show people are tired of the negative stuff. She's lost even more credibility and is even more of a joke. What now?

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. Lenny from Louisville

    I understand it was an emotionally charged situation and that some very questionable acts were committed by this trooper HOWEVER, those issues should not become intertwined with the executive powers granted her as governor of Alaska. These finding come on the heels of a week in which the McCain campaign has ratcheted up attacks and, at times, incited fear and rage from gathering and gathered crowds. "Who is this person?" "Can you trust this person?" These questions suddenly take on a new light.

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. A qualified VP

    ..But according to Republicans that sort of abuse is – experience needed for being a VP..

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. values

    well well well. not suprised. her career is over .

    October 10, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Caesar from Bama

    Listen yall..republicans are nothing but klan wizards in disguse....the base of thier party is controlled by the social conservative.southern(and alaska) SONS OF BULL CONNOR...OK GET IT ..they are ignorant hicks..who want no change ,nothing..never..if fact if they really told the truth they want ..TO GO BACK..TO WHATEVER IT IS THAT THEY IS GREAT..LIKE JIMCROW..AND KLAN RALLIES AND THE LIKE....trust me ..iknow..i know them..i live in one of the most ignorant hick states of them all.....and the social conservative sons of bull connor..have run this state in to the ground and made it the world capital of mediocrity.....and since they have been in chage with their master..thier lover..w......the last eight years..they have don e the same to the country......THEY ARE KLAN WIZARDS IN DISGUSE..THEY ARE SONS OF BULL CONNOR...AND THEY..ARE GONNA GET THIER FACE..THIER IGNORANT FAT MOUTHED FACE SLAPPED..ON ELECTION DAY....BOUT TIME!

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  12. Mike

    Who is Sarah Palin?
    Can we trust John McCain as she was his pick?
    What does that say about his judgment?

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Marylou

    the NUT doesn't fall far from the tree...the Republican tree that is

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    Todd Palin was also there using her name and power to influence an outcome he personally desired! What a family of skunks!

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. John McCain

    Todds the man! He will be my Mavrick Second Gentleman!

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  16. JM

    Read the report people. Under the recommendations for action by the committee p. 78 there is no mention of further investigation. She did nothing wrong. p. 8 under finding 2 states "Governor Palin's firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads." Case closed people. She did nothing wrong. CNN should correct its headline.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  17. jo

    the will come out with some lie.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Darryl Miller,

    This woman is "DIRTY". she has abused her power as Govenor and used the power of her office in the same way that President Bush attack IRAQ. The same old politic the same old stuff.

    They should just call it quits...

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Barry

    After all her bluster, Governor Palin now should heed her own words and put country ahead of ambition. This report, by her own legislature, shows she is unfit for the Vice Presidency. She needs to step down and allow Senator McCain to select a running mate with integrity.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  20. Brett in NC

    At least she's not an anti-American, domestic terrorist.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  21. Matt

    No surprise. The public now sees who the real Palin is. Her lies have caught up to her.

    If McSame is trying to portray Obama as one who has bad judgment and you can't trust, this will show that he has bad judgment in selecting a unethical VP. She is really the one you can't trust.

    But to be fair with Palin, she is trying to take Chaney's spot, so she does have show the world that she thinks she is above the law. This is a good way of showing that.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Interested

    Did people honestly think she had a chance of not falling short? She is human and would have fired the guy for some of those reasons mentioned by the report.

    Its annoying for her to stand there and think Americans are stupid enough. Well McPalin, you got yourself something.

    A lady who knows little about her running mate's voting records.

    John McCain, you should be worried about who you picked as your VP. If you win, she will topple you. She will use her subtle, yet dangerous way to drive you to a quick grave so she and her apparent secessionist husband.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |


    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Naomie

    Lamar October 10th, 2008 8:43 pm ET

    She is no longer believable
    Humm. She was never believable to anyone who's paying attention. She has lied about almost everything from the very beginning; whether it was the bridge to nowhere or the quote from the coffee cup that she got wrong at the rally. She has been a farce and to think that she's going around asking, "who is Obama?"

    The same man that was chosen by the American people to represent the democratic party in a very competitive field of contenders.
    Well, tonight even her "supporters" should be asking "who is Palin?"

    Vote for change......OBAMA/BIDEN 08...............

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Paul

    Palin will be a good successor to Cheney- abuse of power , personal vendettas to punish her perceived "enemies", putting pressure on any federal employee to do want she wants, lies anout everything-sounds a lot like NIxon!! She is vindictive, nasty, power-mad, and a liar, not just in this one case, but throughout her career as mayor, there were many other caes that if you were not one of Sarah's cheerleaders, you got fired. from your Government job Sarah is a very immature, emotional, power-hungry woman that in no way should be VP-the US has enough problems without making this vindictive wacko its VP. Its bad enough she doesn't know anything,acts like McCains personal secretary, has the personality of a pit bull, but now we find she runs the State Government as the dictator of her personal fiefdom-and we thought we got rid of Saddam Hussein and Nixon!! She would probably find a way to get rid of McCain eventually-watch your back, John.

    October 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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