‘Troopergate’ Probe: Palin Abused Executive Power
Posted on Oct 10, 2008
Special prosecutor Steven Branchflower has investigated Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan—who claimed he was fired because he refused to fire Palin’s brother-in-law, state Trooper Mike Wooten—and the news isn’t good for the Republican vice presidential nominee.
Update: Monegan says he feels “vindicated” by the bipartisan committee’s findings.
Update 2:On Saturday, Palin said the report demonstrates that she didn’t do anything wrong in firing Monegan.
Also, check out the full text of the report by following this link.
“The Trail” in The Washington Post:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) abused her executive power when she fired her public safety commissioner this year in the midst of an intense effort to oust her former brother-in-law from the state police force, a special prosecutor has concluded.
Palin’s supporters argued that the report, released less than four weeks from Election Day, was a politically motivated attempt to damage the Republican presidential ticket. The report initially had been due at the end of the month, but the Democrat managing the investigation said its release was moved to Oct. 10 so it would not come on the eve of the election.
AP photo / Nati Harnik
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks during a rally in Omaha, Neb., last Sunday.