Sarah Palin Lies About Troopergate Report

Sarah Palin continues to show what a dishonest person she is in her response to the report released Friday demonstrating that she is guilty of abuse of powers.

Jake Tapper writes:

One can make the argument, as Palin and her allies have tried to do, that this investigation — launched by a bipartisan Republican-controlled legislative body — was somehow a partisan Democratic witch hunt, but one cannot honestly make the argument that the report concluded that Palin was “cleared of any legal wrongdoing” or “any hint of unethical activity.”

The investigator did conclude that Palin’s firing of Monegan was within her power, that “although Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire Trooper Wooten was not the sole reason he was fired by Governor Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as Commissioner of Public Safety. In spite of that, Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.”

But it finds that Palin “knowingly, as that term is defined in … statutes, permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office and the resources of the Governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired. Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act…”

The report states: “I find that Governor Sarah Palin Abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act … Compliance with the code of ethics is not optional…

“The evidence supports the conclusion that Governor Palin, at the least, engaged in ‘official action’ by her inaction if not her active participation or assistance to her husband in attempting to get Trooper Wooten fired [and there is evidence of her active participation.] She knowingly, as that term is defined in the above cited statutes, permitted Todd Palin to use the Governor’s office and the resources of the Governor’s office, including access to state employees, to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get Trooper Wooten fired. Her conduct violated AS 39.52.110(a) of the Ethics Act…

“Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda.”

Palin and her ethically challenged apologists have concentrated on the portion of the report saying she had the legal authority to fire Monegan. That was never in controversy as the governor has the authority to fire without cause, but this is not what the controversy over her abuse of power was about.  Tapper continues:

But the report concluded that she had abused her power, and there was indeed something “unethical” about her behavior, insofar as it violated the state Ethics Act.

But now Palin has moved on from parsing to assertions that are not true.

“Governor,” asked a reporter with the Anchorage Daily News, “finding Number One on the report was that you abused your power by violating state law. Do you think you did anything wrong at all in this Troopergate case?”

“Not at all and I’ll tell you, it, I think that you’re always going to ruffle feathers as you do what you believe is in the best interest of the people whom you are serving,” Palin said. “In this case I knew that I had to have the right people in the right position at the right time in this cabinet to best serve Alaskans, and Walt Monegan was not the right person at the right time to meet the goals that we had set out in our administration. So no, not having done anything wrong, and again very much appreciating being cleared of any legal wrongdoing or unethical activity at all.”

Again, not true.

She was NOT cleared, certainly not of “unethical activity.”

Think Progress also discusses Palin’s denials, including the claims that this was a partisan attack:

Davis’s claim that the investigation was a partisan hit job is laughable. The investigation was originally authorized by a unanimous, bipartisan vote of the Legislative Council; a bipartisan majority voted to subpoena key witnesses, including Todd Palin; and its findings were released Friday under unanimous, bipartisan agreement.

Sarah Palin continues to show that she is unfit to be a heartbeat away from the presidency as she both shows lack of regard for restrictions on the use of executive power and lack of regard for the truth.

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6 Comments

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    Jerry says:

    No, no, no.  Sarah was trying to explain that the report found that she HAS no ethics.  Sometimes her sentence structure is so complex and sophisticated that it is difficult to parse.  She’s also quite right that no unlawful there!  How can you disagree with that logic? 

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    Alyssa says:

    Palin may need to start with a different tactic. Her hockey mom charm is failing. It is time to begin making fun of the grand state of Alaska, like so: http://www.236.com/news/2008/10/12/dodging_troopergate_palin_shou_9485.php

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    PalinBaby Question says:

    Here are two websites that are gathering information about Palin’s other ethical question – whether she is telling the truth about the question of who are Trig Palin’s parents:
    http://palinbabyquestion.com http://www.palindeception.com

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    justine19675 says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE6ypsFLURA

    Seriously, the GOP could not even stomach having 50% – JUST HALF – of their executive ticket be scandal and shadow free?!?!?

    Doesn’t America deserve better?!?  Damn …

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    Ron Chusid says:

    This way they offer a clear choice. Both the Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates have been guilty of ethics violations. Those who want unethical politicians have a clear option to vote for.

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    ladona says:

    In a desperate attempt to spin this mess, Palin is now claiming that the Troopergate investigation clears her of any wrongdoing, which it does not. We can’t afford eight more years of another administration that abuses their power. Sign this petition urging Palin to stop the lies and walk the ethics reform talk by removing herself from the presidential ticket now: http://go.care2.com/17292327

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