October 12th, 2008
09:44 PM ET
14 years ago

Palin: I've been cleared of 'any hint of unethical activity'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/12/art.palin08.ap.jpg caption="The investigative report on Palin's actions was released Friday."]
(CNN) - Sarah Palin told Alaska reporters Saturday that she had been “cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of unethical activity” in the investigative report released the day before that explored her actions in dismissing a state official who refused to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police.

"Well, I’m very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing, any hint of any kind of unethical activity there,” Palin said on a Saturday conference call with reporters from the Anchorage Daily News, KTVA-Channel 11 and KTUU-Channel 2. “Very pleased to be cleared of any of that."

She repeated the same contention on the trail Saturday: When a reporter asked if she had abused her power in firing Walt Monegan, the state police chief who would not dismiss her ex-brother-in-law Mike Wooten from the force, she said the report showed she had done nothing wrong. “No, and if you read the read the report you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member," Palin responded before boarding her campaign bus. "You got to read the report, sir."

Palin had the authority to fire Monegan, but the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower concluded that she abused her power as Alaska's governor, and violated state ethics law by trying to get Wooten fired from the state police.

"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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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. MK

    She is SUCH a liar! She is the female version of Cheney. What a piece of work she is. Thanks Alaska, now you may get rid of her but we might all suffer. God help us all.

    October 12, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. David

    Abuse of Power is a very serious charge, Palin. And it's just one more notch in your un-electability to the white house. although, the obvious reason is you just are not anywhere near being qualified to be VP never mind Prez. Go take care of your very needy family and if that sounds sexist, so be it. You have been insighting racism, so i guess sexism should be fair.


    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  3. Mike in Ohio

    If she think she's been cleared, she obviously cannot read. Maybe that is why she is unable to name any newspapers.

    I can't believe her gall. Repeat a lie strongly and fervently enough, and hope that people start to believe it.

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Angus

    I was amazed to see that her actions were deemed legal, but her claims that she acted ethically are ludicrous.

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Hana

    If we promise to miss you, will you GO AWAY?

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Theresa in Minneapolis

    This woman and her dishonesty is out of freaking control! Oh my goodness! Will she EVER stop lying? Did she not see the reports on the UNETHICAL action but not illegal? Go home, Soccer Mom...

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Dzster

    Oh yeah-America–Let's elect some more totally DELUSIONAL people to replace the totally delusional ones who are leaving. It's a new American tradition afterall, and just look where it's gotten us already!!

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. rchael

    This is a horrible piece of reporting. She is telling bold faced lies, and she is not being held to account whatsoever in this piece. It really is okay to call a lie a lie. So much for liberal bias in the media!

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. in Oregon

    In the Anchorage Daily News:

    "The report by investigator Steve Branchflower was made public late this afternoon by a bipartisan 12-0 vote of the Legislative Council, which authorized the investigation.

    Branchflower's report contains four findings. The first concludes that Palin violated the state's executive branch ethics act, which says that 'each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.' "

    She was not cleared. She is unethical.

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    What about using personal email for state business so you can keep it covered up? Liar!

    October 12, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. A. Los Angeles

    Not surprisingly, she probably didn't read the findings of this investigation either.

    Gov. Palin:

    911 Commission Report : What's that?
    Bush Doctrine : Who?
    Troopergate : Come again?

    Either she lives in a parallel universe or she's a compulsive liar.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Eyes-open

    I wanted to write this comment free of Hyperbole. I wanted to just list the facts as they are presented. I wanted to make sure I would not take anything out of context and use it to promote my candidate. Sarah Palin does not do that.

    Sarah Palin would have us believe that she did nothing wrong in getting Mr Monegan fired. Well I wili bet that everyone who sees this will perhaps know someone in the position of power who has abused it. It might seem like a small matter when it is localized but imagine how this abuse of power can be magnified when someone wield the power of PresidenT or Vice PresidenT. Just something to think about.

    There is also the hypocracy behind Mrs Palin. She knows her husband belonged to anti "Alaska as part of the Union" group, she knew that she had a church Minister who believes in the power and presence of whiches, preside over a ceremony that was used to drive away witches AROUND HER, all this taped and is being shown on the net. She knows all these things and even more about the ethical conduct of the head of her ticket and still she throws insults, and make accusations of her opponent when she knows her closet is very dirty.

    I must say that I believe in the intellect of my fellow Ameicans. I believe they can see through all the smoke screens. They have not forgotten about the economy, they have not forgotten about health care ot the suggestion to privatize their retirement plans. No Americans are smart, smarter than the politicians give us credit for. Let us send them and the next generation of Politicians, a loud and clear message. STICK TO THE ISSUES, TELL US HOW YOU WILL HELPS US SOLVE THE CURRENT PROBLEMS.....................STOP PLAYING THE DISTRACTION GAME.........................ENOUGH.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Anthony

    "I am not a crook", as she waves two fingers in the air.
    After the lawless actions of the last administration, and the early warning signs of this lady, I pray America do the right thing and keep her as far away from Washington as possible. Alaska looks like a good place to start.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. dave murrow

    The report says she abused her power and violated state ethics law. For her to say she was cleared of 'any hint of unethical behavior' is just not true.

    Does this candidate say that anything she says becomes true because she said it?

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. Tammy

    Palin has not been cleared. It was stated that she abused her power as governor. I don't know how anyone can get "cleared" out of that statement.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Helga Dougherty

    The report also charges her with abuse of power – but I guess that is not unethical as far as she is concerned. Why does that not surprise me.

    October 12, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  17. Marge

    Why is the msm letting Air-head Palin continue to lie unchecked???
    Very little has been said about her abuse of power.

    October 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. Tyree,LV-Independent For Obama

    You Have Been Cleared To Go Back To Alaska.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 12, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Ashamed Republican

    What part of "Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda," don't you understand, Sarah?
    Repeating lies over and over does not eventually make them true.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. michael

    Someone get the extinguisher and put Mrs. Palin's pants out, it seems they've caught fire again.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Terry H

    Governor Palin did nothing that anyone else wouldn't have done. Especially the other candidates. We have all used favors at any given time so don't even try to deny it. As a former Police Officer, I can attest that it was normal procedure to have someone blackballed that was acting as recklessly as he was. Law enforcement officers such as him have no place in our legal infrastructure. Now, stop the sexist crap and being nasty because a woman has bigger ones than you do. This constant attack on her character when she is impecable is growing very tiresome.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Sharon, TX

    She wasn't cleared of unethical activity. Where's the real story on this issue CNN? The report clearly states Gov Palin abused the power of her office for personal gain and violated the public trust by violating Alaska's ETHICS LAWS. She may not have technically violated any CRIMINAL laws, but the report clearly states that she committed some ETHICAL wrongdoings. It does not matter whether she wants to acknowledge it or not. The facts are the facts. We already have an Administration that refuses to OWN UP TO THEIR FAILURES - we don't want MORE OF THE SAME. BTW, the report was approved for release as written by the Alaska bi-partisan legislative committee (10 Reps, 4 Dems).

    October 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Colin

    wow and this is the type of person some people want as Vice President? We all heard the verdict she ABUSED HER POWER by firing Mike Wooten. Boy does she think americans are stupid...and in some cases apparently she is right to think it, Palin supporters. Sorry Sarah you can't deny the facts!!!! She's openly lying once again and some people don't care... unbelievable!!!! Obama/Biden '08 the only real hope for change.

    October 12, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. John

    Cleared of all unethical violations? Maybe YOU should read the report, Governor Palin. You just blatantly lied to the American people.

    October 12, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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