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. Eric

    Please, she violated the law. Not some "code"

    October 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. MCD, San Francisco, CA

    What about her husband having the trooper's personnel file!!!!!! If I was that trooper I would sue big time!!! That can't be legal.

    October 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Defining moment

    She has learned well from her role model Dick Cheney ... abusing her power in office. What an example she would be in the white house.

    This on top of all the venim that they are spewing out on the campaign trail. Simply disgusting and unbecoming of any candidate for the higher office in the land or any decent human being for that matter!

    Obama-Biden '08!

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

    Lawless for another 4 years? Wake up before the ship sinks to the bottom of the ocean!

    October 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Oh, my McBarbie.... is your dirty underwear showing.

    Is anyone surpised at this revelation? I'm not. All you have to do is listen to her. She looks like a Barbie Doll, but she sure has a potty mouth. And besides that, she's vicious. Really scary!

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

    This is what happens when you accuse wrongfully accuse other people. The boomerang has come back to haunt her how will they dodge this one. Someone should ask her at a rally "What would Jesus do?"

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

    So it was legal for her to fire Monegan. Thanks for clearing that up.

    October 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Independent Mother

    Shame on McCain for picking a dirty, Bush-style NeoCon to fling mud while she hides behind the bible. Pandering to that element has cost him his credibility.

    How can Palin seriously say she is bucking the trend? Where is the "maverick" behavior in this? It's more of what we've been given over the last eight years, and she'd make a great successor to that "legacy." But it's not what the country needs.

    We can do better.

    Yes we can!

    October 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. nora CC TXAS

    Sarah get a six pack it will make you feel better!!!

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

    hmm.. She violated an Satute but didnt break the law??
    Since when are statutes not laws??
    Sometimes i just have to laugh...

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Houston we have a problem!

    Wow first Mc Cain has to calm down an angry mob of supporters which he and Palin stirred up and now this?

    Hey Palin do me a favor since you claim to be a Christian and refer to the verse that states not to point out the speck in your neighbors eye when you have a log in yours. BTW my wife just lost 6,000 from her 401K and you clowns keep bringing up Ayers.

    So long Palin and Mc Cain that is what you all deserve by following Karl Rove divisive politics

    Obama and BIden 08

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. henriettap

    Who is Sarah Palin?T

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  13. SH

    Palin needs to step down...is it too late for Romney to be GOP VP PICK?!?! Maybe that would change their game!

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  14. The Voice

    Abuse of power? Deja Vu!

    Can't have that woman as VP, we've had enough abuse of power in this country for the last 8 years.

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Y'all reckon the repubs might have to vote for Nader or Barr Now?

    Ya betcha !

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  16. KW, Vail AZ

    Scary, very scary.

    October 10, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  17. Renee/kc

    I'm glad this information is out...Now we can get Obama in officer, where we can see a real change. McCain and his cronies can take a hike. Palin just made a fool of herself.


    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. berksdan

    And let's be clear here: SHE BROKE THE LAW

    From NYT: A committee investigating Gov. Sarah Palin found that she unlawfully abused her authority in firing Walter Monegan, right, Alaska’s public safety commissioner.

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Evan

    The report doesn't say she didn't break any laws. It says even though she violated ethics statutes (laws), she did legally have the ability to fire him. So the firing was legal, the fact that it was unethical was illegal.

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  20. BVS Maine


    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  21. Dave from San Antone

    This sounds awfully similar to the findings considering another certain politician after the Keating Five Hearings: "Not necessarilly guilty but very flawed judgement". By the way, my fellow Texans, you all remember what happened to another person named Clayton Williams, who used poor judgement AND refused to shake a lady's hand by the name of Ann Richards! I'm counting on you to do it again in this election!

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |

    Palin is a disgrace... shes the only ONLY reason I'm not voting for Mccain...

    Why couldnt it of been Romney or Huckabee

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  23. sue

    This trash should be stopped. Sarah Palin did NOT abuse power. Let me also state that the a-- that was fired had a very sick ill warped mind and defended a man who LASERED his stepson. He should have been put in JAIL wth his el-capitan!!!

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  24. Bonnie

    When you try to dig a hole for someone, you usually fall into it yourself., Sarah , and John McCain will leave you down there, after he had you do his dirty work, inciting racial tensions, YOU, Sarah Palin, are the LIAR, and cannot be trusted, always what you do in the dark, comes to light.. What goes around, comes around, etc., etc., etc.

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Elizabeth - TEXAS

    Say if ain't so.

    October 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
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