Probe finds Palin abused her power

Other News Materials 11 October 2008 07:41 (UTC +04:00)

An Alaska ethics inquiry found that Gov. Sarah Palin, the U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate, abused the power of her office by dismissing the state's public safety commissioner, a report released on Friday said, according to reuters.

The investigation centred on whether the firing of Walt Monegan, the state's public safety commissioner, was linked to Palin's personal feud with a state trooper, Michael Wooten, who was involved in a contentious divorce with the governor's sister.

The report, written by Steve Branchflower, a retired state prosecutor hired by lawmakers to conduct the inquiry, said Monegan's refusal to fire Wooten was not the sole reason he was dismissed but was likely a contributing factor.

The Alaska scandal known locally as "Troopergate" gained national attention after Palin was selected to be Sen. John McCain's running mate.

The McCain-Palin campaign has attacked the investigation as a partisan effort led by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and said the public safety commissioner was dismissed because of poor performance.