Sarah Palin after being found guilty by an Alaskan Panel of abusing her authority has responded saying that ''there was nothing unlawful or unethical'' about what she done.
In the 263 page report known now as the 'Troopergate' Report, Republican Senator John McCain's vice-presidential running mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was under investigation in her state of Alaska for allegedly unlawfully firing her public-safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, who said he had been pressured to oust state trooper, Mike Wooten, who happened to be married to Sarah Palin's sister. Well now that investigation has led to Palin being found guilty by the Alaskan Panel of indeed abusing her authority and breaking state ethics law by trying to remove her former brother-in-law from his state trooper job.
At the time Palin was attempting to get Wooten fired, he was in the midst of a messy divorce and custody battle with the governor's sister.
This has led many people to believe that the governor was bitter about the divorce and was seeking some form of revenge against Wooten.
During the investigation, Palin, who before her vice presidential nomination agreed to cooperate, and her husband Todd both later refused to cooperate with the investigation. This raised many red flags especially since they were asked by the Alaskan senate.
Now that Palin has been found guilty, not of a crime but of indeed abusing her authority and breaking state ethics law by trying to remove Wooten as state trooper, Palin's reputation as a reformer and a champion for good government may be at stake. This could in turn hurt Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the final weeks of the race which he has already been sliding in the polls.
McCain's campaign has quickly rejected the notion saying, "I think the American people can tell the difference between the results of a politically motivated investigation and a legitimate finding of fact."
Palin, on the other hand, claims her reason for trying to remove her brother-in-law, state trooper Wooten, was due to fear for her family's safety after Wooten allegedly made threats against them.
In regards to firing Walt Monegan, on camera today, Palin responded to reporters saying, "If you read the report, you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You got to read the report," she stated as she boarded her campaign bus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, Monegan holds to his claim saying, "I believe I was fired because I did not fire Mike Wooten."