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Palin Investigation To Be Released Next Month

POSTED: 04:20 PM ET, 09/ 5/2008 by The Editors

The Alaska legislative committee investigating Gov. Sarah Palin said today it would issue its report Oct. 10, moving up the release of its findings. The Associated Press reports that House Judiciary Chairman Jay Ramras, a Republican, said the earlier date for the report was meant to avoid the appearance of a last-minute "October surprise."

The investigation by a former district attorney was initially scheduled for completion by the end of October. But Ramras said in a statement that legislators "agreed that an earlier completion date was achievable, and that it was fair to all sides" according to AP. Lawmakers said they would not subpoena Palin, but she may be interviewed by phone.

The inquiry will examine whether Palin wrongly dismissed the state's public safety commissioner because he refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law, state trooper Mike Wooten.

Wooten, in an exclusive interview with CNN, said he had made mistakes and "learned from those mistakes." He said he is trying to "move on" and be a good father to his children.

By The Editors |  September 5, 2008; 4:20 PM ET Post Investigations
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How much does the Governor and her family receive in Alaskan royalty payments?

Do you have the text of her speeches to the separatists of the Alaskan Independence Party?

What were the books she wanted removed from the library?

Posted by: DFS | September 5, 2008 6:38 PM

What does it mean that they won't "subpoena Palin, but she may be interviewed by phone"?

What is the value of unsworn statements in a probe? Why is it that every time a Republican politician is investigated, they are always willing to discuss the allegations, but only on the conditions that they are not questioned under oath, and that a record of the proceedings is not made?

A literal translation of this position is: "I am most willing to talk to you as long as I am guaranteed that I can lie and get away with it."

Enough. Unsworn statements are meaningless and worthless. If Governor Palin is unwilling to testify under oath about the pertinent facts of this investigation, her unsworn version should not be heard or considered.

Posted by: Jeff F. | September 5, 2008 6:52 PM

I voted for Pali for governor, not VP. What gives with all this Rovian-type behavior (no oath)? She's is beginning to embarrass all us Alaskans. Come on McCain, get real. What about Giuliani or Pawlenty, or Kay Bailey Hutchison? The GOP is going bush l.eague on us all

Posted by: Jaspar Juneau | September 5, 2008 8:55 PM

"What does it mean that they won't "subpoena Palin, but she may be interviewed by phone"?

What is the value of unsworn statements in a probe? Why is it that every time a Republican politician is investigated, they are always willing to discuss the allegations, but only on the conditions that they are not questioned under oath, and that a record of the proceedings is not made?

Ughhh, Jeff - Newsflash: You act like being under oath means something nowadays and *is* someone more meaningful than just being interviewed, depeding, of course, on what the definition of the word "is" is.

Give the "why every time Republicans" nonsense a rest, okay, sir?

Posted by: StopTheAttacks | September 6, 2008 7:39 AM

It is so ironic or maybe just palin-- I mean plain justice, that the Republicans have exactly in Sarah Palin what they falsely accused Barack Obama of. From day one, Republicans loved to say that Barack was a "Roll of the Dice" a "Celebrity"! However, the hand of Karma is swift and the chickens have come home to roost in the guise of Sarah Palin who is the real risk and Roll of the Dice (no foreign or national experience, under ethics investigation, possible member of the AIP) and Sarah, like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is a Celebrity now (glosses the the covers of US Weekly, People, National Enquirer, etc.). What you Sow you shall Reap!

Maverick McCain who truly loves to gamble, loves Las Vegas, just risked the safety and welfare of this nation with his risky, roll of the dice VP pick, Sarah Palin. However, this is not Las Vegas or Atlantic City, this the United States of America. We cannot afford a Gambler in the White House and his first true test, Sarah Palin, is not even ready to go on Meet the Press (her first true test)! Tim Russert must be rolling around in his anchor seat in heaven.

By the way, it seems that our Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, who could be a heartbeat away from the Presidency seems, to have switched colleges at least six times in six years.

Posted by: Angellight | September 6, 2008 8:26 AM

Several corrections and clarifications should be made to James Grimaldi’s story, A7, 9/6/08, “Palin’s Ex-Brother-in-Law Says He Regrets Bad Blood.”

“Wooten’s wife was in the home” at the time of the tasering. But according to she was objecting to the action.

In his interview with troopers, the stepson said it hurt for about a second, according to Wall's report. The boy said he wanted to be tased to show his cousin, Palin's daughter Bristol, that he wasn't a mama's boy. The probe left a welt on his arm, he said. His mother was upstairs yelling at them not to do it, the boy said.
As Bristol remembered it, the jolt knocked the boy backward, the trooper report says. She said she was afraid.

Further, “He [Wooten] had just been to Taser instructor school.” In other words, Wooten was completely inexperienced in the use of the device, other than what he had learned at a training session.

The Grimaldi article quotes John Cyr, spokesman for the trooper’s union, in defense of Wooten. Nowhere is it mentioned that the “union president, Rob Cox, is a 17-year trooper veteran who worked alongside Wooten in the Valley.” Id. This implies a friendship; the extent of this relationship should be investigated before further reliance on the union’s position in the matter.

Recounting one side of a story without the other is, in my opinion, poor journalism. The Anchorage Daily News recounting is much more enlightening.

Posted by: katmandu1 | September 6, 2008 11:21 AM

So much garbage already surrounding this potential vp who could be pres. What are you kidding me. Is McCain going to get away with this pick. Pull out all the armor we have to question her just like everyone else was questioned. MCCain again using his pow to put Palin up for vp. No I am John MCCain pow and I am above the law. Give me a break.

Posted by: carman | September 6, 2008 8:27 PM

As usual, we've shown the double standards that are in place in this great U.S. of A. If one of Barack and Michelle Obama's daughters were 5 months pregnant and they had a child with a disability, they would be further demonized, criticized, and called unfit parents. However, the so called "stauch morals and values" Republican Party will allow Palin's many FAILURES..excusable. Further, her constant divisive, mean-spirited, and ignorant commments towards Barack Obama should not be tolerated. She's pracitically said everything but "don't let a black man move into the White House.

Posted by: Sharon | September 7, 2008 3:18 PM

It sounds like more Republican throw-the-underling-under-the-bus scenario. First, denials that anything happened. Then "Uh oh! A tape of phone calls: 'Sarah wants to know why he hasn't been fired yet!'" Now it's "Golly, gee, I never authorized any of that."

Posted by: Xeboprime | September 7, 2008 5:38 PM

Glad to hear the report on Palin will be released on October 10. There's alot that can happen between now and then. Every day we learn something new about these so-called mavericks~~little of which is good. Hope this doesn't turn out like Rove thumbing his nose at Congress subpoenas to testify. Some of the tactics used by Republicans this campain have exceeded even their expectations, I believe. It's up to the American people to stand up and demand answers.

Posted by: SilverFoxUna | September 9, 2008 11:06 PM

There is nothing here. The liberals will squeel after suffering the backlash from this one.

Posted by: | September 10, 2008 4:20 PM

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