Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska was found to have abused the power of her office by an Alaskan state investigator in the Troopergate scandal that came to light after she was named Senator John McCain’s running mate.
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From the story:
“Gov. 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.
Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire State Trooper Mike Wooten from the state police force was “likely a contributing factor” to Monegan’s July dismissal, but Palin had the authority as governor to fire him, the report by former Anchorage prosecutor Stephen Branchflower states.
However, it states that her efforts to get Wooten fired broke a state ethics law that bars public officials from pursuing personal interest through official action.
Palin said the Monegan dismissal was due to budget issues. The state investigator disagreed.Â Palin was uncooperative with Alaska invesitgators.Â
The McCain campaignÂ called the investigation “a partisan-led inquiry” run by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, but hailing its finding that Monegan’s firing broke no law.