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.

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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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soundoff (1,073 Responses)
  1. dietrich

    Palin is change,huh? ABUSE OF POWER is NOT change.

    October 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. Renee

    SHE'S GOT TO GO!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Anonymous


    Be careful when you question others honesty and dedication. What you sow is what you reap.

    Good bye forever

    Go OBAMA/BIDEN 08,12

    October 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. Justin

    She also thinks that the VP runs the senate. She doesnt even know the job description of the job she is applying for. Sounds like the bottom of the pile she should be. Also I dont think Cindy McShame is very first-lady like. Michelle Obama looks AWESOME compared to her.

    October 10, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. steve

    Surprise, surprise.......little miss perfect not so. Just another politician so.......................it's really a matter of picking your poison.

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. chris

    Ok this isnt not OK.....first she tried postponing it all....not we find out the truth........

    imagine u lost ur job because palins sister disliked u

    ......its not fair to try and give someone with no reason this must power......she smart pretty and great ...just not great enough to be VP...and it sucks that people are supporting her just because they dont want the other side to win....Mccain use her as a tool and it worked for a week or two....Mccain for got how focused the nation is on this election...no cheap political tricks are gonna fly....and this is why u see the decline of the Mccain camp....all they know are cheap political tricksss................Fresh NEw

    and biden is such a plus to the ticket....everyone was complain about biden .....I cant hear a word about biden anymore......he did great in the debate........OBAMA JUDGEMENT IS GREAT...

    Obama/biden........if something is broken u take a chance on a new idea...u dont continue with the same plan....not another 4 years



    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. AdamW

    So who is the "hooligan" now? Who doesn't have good judgement? Who is irresponsible?

    Usually when people abuse their power at their jobs they get fired. They must have cut a deal which means even more corruption. If this was Obama the republiscams would be all over this calling for his head.

    Just what we need, another powerd mad vice-president.

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |

    Didn't she say, hundreds of times, that we don' really kow Obama? How long have we know here? Every few days, we get to know more, and it is not good. So much for McCain's judgment.

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  9. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    Well, Well, what you say Palin, you didn't abuse your power, oh well what you gotta say now.

    who's scary! palin....

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. GO SARAH!!!!

    GO Sarah.....back to Alaska and break some more laws.
    We have had a crook in the white house for eight years, we dont need four more!!

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. Nwa Ehime

    If McSame is sane, he had better fire her NOW. BTW why is nobody on this website in support of McSame? How come the polls give him up to 40% support by the American public? Where are the McSame supporters? Show your faces or forever remain silent. McSame and Failin are running a huge scam to fool this great nation for an additional 4 years after Bush's past 8 years. We must stop them by DONATING TO OBAMA, VOTING FOR OBAMA AND CAMPAIGNING FOR OBAMA!

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  12. Ashish

    plz send me the code!.

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. Elizabeth, Newport Beach, RI

    I was almost moved to tears of joys after hearing this. This should be
    a lesson to the ugly and racist underbelly of America. You don't judge
    a book by its cover. This is a very dangerous woman. What is most
    hurtful is the fact that people listened to her spew her hate towards
    Senator Obama when he worked hard to prove he is an honorable
    American, and hateful people judged him because of the color of his
    skin. I wonder if the cowards sitting in the audience listening and
    cheering for her garbage can look themselves in the mirror now?
    I'm also happy that McCain finally admitted that Obama was not a
    terrorist at his rally. I was beginning to lose all respect for him. Evil
    persists when good people stand by and do nothing. I'm glad that
    someone finally stood up to Sara Palin.

    Please print this CNN.

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  14. The Republican Conscience

    Just what we need, ANOTHER vice president who wants to abuse their power. Disgusting.

    October 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. E Popp

    This is the out the Republicans have been waiting for.

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

    "Thou shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set thee free"- Jesus Christ

    October 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA



    October 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Betsy

    Does anyone know why Palin was crying today?

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

    So what? Do we get to see her in handcuffs? If so, please use a fur-lined pair.

    October 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. ohio

    Palin is a crook!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. texas voter

    Sarah,Sarah say it aint so, U betcha it is!!!

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

    Now, lets move on to the important stuff like the democrat/Obama get out the vote group – ACORN and voting fraud! 🙁

    October 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. Obamer


    Spiritual Advisor is Wright
    Economic Advisor is Rezko
    Financial Advisor is Ayers
    National Security Advisor is Farrakan

    McCain-Palin '08

    October 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. alex pearce

    Dick's apprentice

    obama/biden 08

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

    surprise surprise................violated state ethics law............what's that tell you.............she weakens under pressure.............hellooooooooooooo..........like we didn't know that already..................good freaking grief...............

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