12 October 2008

Sarah Palin denies abusing power in Trooper firing

New York Times - Gov. Sarah Palin again insisted on Saturday that an investigation by Alaska lawmakers into the firing of her former brother-in-law found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part,” and added that “there was no abuse of authority at all in trying to
get Officer Wooten fired.” (The report did in fact conclude that she had abused the power of the governor’s office.)

Ms. Palin’s comments came as she took a few questions from reporters outside a Sheetz gas station and convenience store here, with baby Trig strapped to her torso in a baby harness.

Asked about the report released Friday by Alaska lawmakers that found she had abused the powers of the governor’s office, Ms. Palin replied:

“I’m thankful that the report has shown that there was no illegal or unethical activity there in my choice to replace our commissioner,” she said. “A partisan kind of process that had been undertaken by some of the legislators who haven’t been real happy with anything that I’ve done along the way as governor, that process is now over, with that finding that I haven’t done anything unlawful in replacing the commissioner.”

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