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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    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Chris

    This story would matter more if McCain/Palin had a shot at winning....great VP pic Sen McCain...do us all a favor..after you lose.. retire.

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Wei

    I'm sorry, maybe I'm naive, but since when is an abuse of power not illegal?

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. Sumi, CA


    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Old Guy

    Sarah managed to get her republican buddies to soften up an obvious abuse of power stunt. I guess it pays off when the McCain camp rushed 12 lawyers to Alaska to beat down this investigation.

    However they want to spin this, this lady is not qualified to have any position of national authority.

    A few die hard redneck republicans may think she's cute but, I would be willing to bet they would never have her for "their boss".

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  6. Alistair


    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  7. Janine

    So she didn't break a law, but her ethics is questionable. Isn't she supposed to be the maverick reformer? She's supposed to reform Washington. Maybe she should start with herself.

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  8. Lamar

    Sarah has abused the trust of those that believed her

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. blueboomerintx

    The joke's on us (the American people).
    Given the lack of cooperation by the subpoenaed witnesses, First Dude's carefully crafted, limited written response, the intimidation of all parties by the McPain campaign, what was likely a big job shredding documents & deleting emails, and the general collusion & fraud among the parties under investigation, can we really trust anything in the report?
    Nonetheless, "abuse of power" is still a VERY serious finding.
    Cheney in a skirt and lipstick.
    Just what we need for VPOTUS.

    See ya, Sarah!

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  10. Kenneth in NC

    Abuse of power.

    This is what you have to look forward to in a McCain-Palin administration.

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Jan in CA

    It is apparent the Palin does not know how to seperate her personal affairs from her role as an elected official. She accepted per diam pay while living at home and she tried to use her power to hire and fire. This is not someone who should be in National Government. Alaska can figure out if she should be allowed to remain their Govenor. Clearly she should not be VP.

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Jay

    Isn't abusing power breaking the law?

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Why am I not surprised!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Palin is bad news for us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Ben Allgood

    Governor Palin is a good example of how the Republicans have operated in the country for 30 years. If they like you, you can do no wrong. (Even if you do. i.e. Enron as only one example) If the hate you they will finance a hate machine to distract the country from the many issues that need attention (i.e. the Bill Clinton impeachment.

    It is sad to note the mean spirit that permeates the Republican Radical Right Wing.

    October 10, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  15. Jodi K

    I guess we are supposed to be ok with it because abuse of power is not illegal?

    I am sick and tired of the lies and the abuse. We have had that for the past 8 years.

    NO MORE PALIN! She spreads hate and lies and enjoys it.

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  16. ednadavid

    How goes Sarah Palin – there goes the Republican presidential campaign! You cannot run for VP and have that kind of reputation – she will abuse power as a federal official also!!

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. Angie-Savannah

    After 8 years of Cheney do we really want another 4 with Palin?

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. 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, this will show that he has bad judgment in selecting a unethical VP.

    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 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I'll never forget all the nasty stuff the McCain/Palin people have done and said. NEVER

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Novita

    I told you so

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    This doesn't make any sense! She breaks the law, but doesn't break law?

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Elizabeth

    Sarah you are a hate filled monster! Not now. No way.

    -White Woman in Dallas, TX-

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Ricky GA

    Abused her power...just like most republicans

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Mrs. Texas Teacher

    Oh, I am sure that she will come out of this smelling like a rose.... or at least a Wolf in McBarbie clothing. It is amazing how many people will work to hide dirt, if you have enough power. Alaska is a long ways from the mainland just like Hawaii. I am quite sure that the Republican Party has buku folks up there seeing to exactly that very thing.

    Sorry if I sound a bit McCynic! Actually, I'm a bit McPissed Off, like a lot of other people around me. We are sick and tired of the mess the Republicans have gotten us into, tired of negative attack ads and McBarbie inciteful fear mongering stumping for McMaverick. McSenile is trying to stay above the fray, but that is naive of him.

    "If you lie down with pigs, don't be surprised if you get up smelling like a hog!"

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  25. Sarah

    who cares..,. she is stupied... she can't get lower...

    October 10, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
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