Troopergate Panel: Palin Abused Power

A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she unlawfully abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner.

The investigative report concludes that a family grudge wasn't the sole reason for firing Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan but says it likely was a contributing factor.

The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing a commissioner to settle a family dispute. Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated.

Monegan says he was dismissed as retribution for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister. Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.

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Alaska lawmakers are expected to release an ethics report into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner today, but some Republicans say it's being rushed in order to damage John McCain's presidential campaign.

Palin has been accused of firing the state's Public Safety Commissioner, after pressuring him to fire a state trooper involved in a nasty divorce with the governor's sister. The report is also expected to touch on Palin's husband Todd's involvement.

Members of a legislative committee reviewing the matter have been meeting behind closed doors today and had to sign a confidentiality agreement before being allowed to read the report.

One of those lawmakers, Republican Peggy Wilson, wonders whether the committee is rushing to a conclusion, saying she's barely had time to read the report. It's estimated to be 300 pages long, with 1,000 pages of supporting documents.

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  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Oct 13, 2008 at 07:40 AM
    Did anyone notice that the Palin bunch "cleared" her of any wrongdoing? This was a day before the Alaska committee released its report. Now, the state said she violated ethics rules, but did nothing criminally. As much as I dislike Gov. Caribou, I can agree nothing criminal happened, just a morally and ethically challenged governor & VP candidate doing business as usual in politics. Wonder if she and Todd learned all they know in their ultra-conservative church? I guess their religion doesn't stress morals or ethics. Hmmmm.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 12, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    Boots, you should spell break correctly.
  • by Boots on Oct 12, 2008 at 05:38 PM
    To Mamma for Obama, Yes I have notice Bush doing all of his pretending to repair the economy. It took him eight years to completely cause the destruction of Americas economy and now he is going to repair it in three months, yeah right"OH MY GOD PLEASE GIVE ME A BRAKE"
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 12, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    Ever notice how the Demobrats act like a bunch of baboons do when a lion is about to eat one of them?
  • by mamma for obama on Oct 12, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    we have seen one idiot republican lie through the presidency for 8 years. we don't need mccain and palin coming in and keep more of the same. funny how bush is all of the sudden pretending to try to fix things.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 12, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    lair lair you'll pants catch on fire .mccain put the wrong vp, pit bull with lipstick she is.
  • by Steve Location: Kinston on Oct 11, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    To WITN moderator---I certainly agree that we must be civil, but freedom of expression need also be allowed. I have no problem with someone calling me a racist if he so thinks that I am. I respect his RIGHT to his opinion, even if I disagree with his opinion. Why would you not allow a post that questions soomeone's claim to be a Christian? I say that someone that is pro-abortion and claims that it is a punishment for someone to have to carry a baby to term because of her lack of morals had better get on his/her knees and ask GOD for enlightenment. GOD is sovereign, mankind is HIS creation, not the other way around. Cursing and threatening someone is not acceptable behavior in these posts, but wanting people to be "nice" stifles the flow of intellligent dissent and debate.
  • by Little Woman on Oct 11, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    Hi Anonymous, I agree with you 1000% great comment.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Oct 11, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    Same old stuff during every election. Always trying to dig up dirt on the other side.Thats why they couldnt pay me enough to be a politician.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville, blvd on Oct 11, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    BUBBA Location: DIXIE COUNTY FL, = before president reagan got elected for president, they had all kinds of stuff that was suppose to be true on him which was untrue,he was elected and all that died until a new president come along, and bubba, in a few more years something else will come along and these smart people will come un with something else., they use president reagan his name as 666 to make reference as evil, as a man I learn long ago not to let what others say or sink down.

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