July 7th, 2009
04:59 AM ET
14 years ago

No 'bombshell' drove Palin resignation, lawyer says

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - No legal "bombshell" or personal scandal lies behind Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation, but off-color jokes by talk-show host David Letterman contributed to her decision to step down, Palin's attorney said Monday.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008, abruptly announced Friday that she would leave office in late July. The decision to resign a year and a half before her term ends, and her rambling, often-disjointed resignation speech, have fueled days of debate among political analysts.

But Thomas Van Flein, Palin's personal lawyer, said no surprises await. The governor needed a break after being "on duty now for two and a half years solid," he said.

"There is no bombshell. There is no shoe to drop. There are no investigations of any type that I'm aware of - no IRS audit, no federal investigation, no state investigation," Van Flein told CNN. "There is no legal reason in terms of a legal problem that compelled the governor to resign."

Friday was "deliberately chosen" for the announcement because of its proximity to the July Fourth holiday, Van Flein said: "She declared her independence from politics as usual."

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  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It was only the realization that she couldn't handle the political big leagues. She can only talk... Which isn't much when you need to show some results or work. I can't see that she has done much; where is a listing of what she has done?

    July 7, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. southerncousin

    An inept president dealing with the Russians, NKorea firing missles at us, Iran building a bomb and Israel threatening to attack, as well as a failed trillion dollar stimulus program, a failed auto bailout, a failed financial bailout, a soon to be disaster of a health care plan and all CNN cares about is providing great coverage of a two week old death and a chance for all of the left wing nut jobs to heap more of the scorn and hatred on Sarah Palin. This liberal media and its controllers, George Soros, ACORN and the unions are some real sick people.

    July 7, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. church of realism

    I, For one, would like to applaud David Letterman as the straw that finally broke the moose's back. When a comedian can get you to quit elected office, you should'nt have been there in the first place.

    July 7, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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