September 8, 2008 16 Comments
There are so many investigations of alleged abuse of power by Governor Sarah Palin it is getting difficult to keep track of them all. So here is a quick round up of what is currently going on:
a legislative probe into claims that she abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper.
an investigation into the dismissal of the state’s public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who claims he balked at pressure to remove Trooper Mike Wooten, who had an acrimonious divorce from Palin’s sister.
update! Independent investigator Stephen Branchflower has released his report, which finds that Governor Palin abused her authority. Highlights from the 263 page report can be seen here.
“Last night, I initiated a proceeding before the state personnel board because that is the agency charged by law with addressing complaints about hiring and firing matters, and ethical issues in general, involving the Governor,” Palin said in a statement.
French says the investigation will also seek to learn how the Governor’s office obtained confidential information from her ex-brother-in-law’s personnel file.
“If she was involved, it would be a violation of state law,” said French.
Yesterday, the troopers union filed an ethics complaint against Palin for improperly accessing Wooten’s personnel record.
Palin is facing another ethics complaint, filed by a former state employee and political activist alleging her office used improper influence to award a state job.