Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Palin Not Cooperating with Troopergate Probe

And Walt Monegan Says Palin Isn't Telling the Truth About His Firing

It looks like Sarah Palin has flip flopped. After saying that she would cooperate with an Alaska State ethics investigation just a few months ago, she has now decided (after becoming the Republican VP choice...and due to mounting evidence against her) that cooperation isn't such a good idea after all.

McCain & Co. are now saying that the investigation into Palin's possible abuse of power (which is a bi-partisan investigation) is politically motivated, despite the fact that the Alaska House of Representatives is overwhelmingly Republican and the State Senate has only a 2 Democrat majority. Once again, the McCain camp is misleading the American public.

Meanwhile, Walt Monegan has come out again to say that Palin is not telling the truth about his removal. Monegan is the former State Public Safety Commissioner dismissed by Palin for not carrying out her illegal scheme to fire Alaska State trooper Mike Wooten.

According to an ABC interview of Palin:
Palin told ABC's Charles Gibson she dismissed Monegan for poor job performance and that neither she nor her husband pressured Monegan to fire State Trooper Wooten. "We never did. I never pressured him to hire or fire anybody," Palin said.

But according to Monegan:

he resisted pressure by the First Couple to re-open an old case against a state trooper, who was in a hotly contested divorce and custody battle with the Governor's sister Molly.

"I was called to her Anchorage formal Governor's office to talk with Todd Palin about an issue that was a private family matter," recounted Monegan. Todd became "upset," Monegan recalled, when told the allegations had already been investigated and the case would not be re-opened.

"When Sarah later called to tell me the same thing, I thought to myself, 'I may not be long for this job.'" But, Monegan said, he stood by his position. "I held the public trust. As Chief, I was responsible."

So now the reason Palin gives for Monegan's firing is "poor job performance". Where have we heard this excuse before? Remember the Federal Prosecutors who were removed by the Bush Administration for so-called "poor job performance". It looks like there won't be much difference between McCain/Palin and Bush/Cheney, except that McCain/Palin will likely tell even more lies.

Just a few months before Monegan was removed for "poor job performance", Palin is seen on tape praising the work of the Public Safety Chief.

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