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The McCain-Palin campaign and Governor Palin's top aides contradicted Pato Hearing

By Michael Webster: Investigative reporter September 4, 2008 11:00 a.m. PDT

Gov. Sarah Palin's top aides was supposed to be interviewed on Wednesday as a key witness in the investigation into his dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. But the aide, Frank Bailey, abruptly backed out.

Gov. Sarah Palin wants a state board to review the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan – taking the unusual step of making an ethics complaint against itself. The state has hired a private lawyer to represent Gov. Sarah Palin's office in the investigation of the Legislature in the dismissal of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The lawyer already has challenged whether lawmakers even have authority to oversee the investigation.

Gov. lawyer has accused the soldiers to turn a blind eye to alleged
rogue officer, Mike Wooten, who is also governor of the ex-brother-in-law.

Troopers' Union is up-set and angry at the accusations Governors.

Demand for the new ethics brought against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin described the misconduct the governor and his office staff based on records where improperly made pubic.

John Cyr of Wasilla, Alaska, Executive Director Public Safety Employees (PSEA) told the Laguna Journal that "our attorney Steve Sorenson of Juneau Alaska will present the line." The grievances include the release illegal logs Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten the former brother-in-law of the governor, according to Mr. Cyr.

Attorney Sorenson said the presentation is with Alaska State Department ethics lawyer Judy Act Bockmon.

Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is using the State Troopers as a "child the lashes "to try
cover for their misdeeds, the head of the police union, said on Wednesday.

"It is outrageous and disappointing that the governor would choose to make
Alaska State Troopers the scapegoat for their lack of ethics of the sentence, "
Said John Cyr.

Alaska's former commissioner of public safety says Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain pick to be vice president, personally talked to him in two occasions about a state trooper who was locked in a bitter custody battle with the governor's sister.

The Legislative Council, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives, ordered an investigation which is to conclude on October 31 to determine whether Palin's administration abused power in firing Monegan. The center the question is whether Palin, her staff or family pressured Monegan to fire her former brother-in-law, the police officer Mike Wooten, and then if Palin dismissed the state soldier top cop when Wooten stayed on the job. The Legislative Council hired retired state prosecutor Steve Branchflower as special counsel to investigate the matter.

Monegan has told the media that Palin sent him two or three e-mails discussing Wooten and adding to pressure.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Monegan showed Palin emails to the paper, but declined to provide copies. The story says that Palin emails pointed out problems with Wooten continued employment and ridiculed a trooper investigation of Wooten's behavior.

"It was a joke all year long "investigation" of him, "Palin wrote in a February 7, 2007, e-mail, the Post said." This is the same soldier who goes around telling people the new administration today is going to destroy the organization of cavalry, and had "never work for that 'b ****', Palin.) "

E-mail that arrived a couple of weeks after Palin's husband, Todd, met with Monegan defend the cause of the fight against Wooten based on a series of incidents such as illegal to shoot a moose, Tasering his stepson and drinking while driving his patrol car, said daily.

Palin told shout transgressions, including his killing of the cow moose permit his wife, according to the Post. When the moose was killed, in 2003, Palin's sister Molly McCann was married to Wooten and pulled the permit.

"He's still bragging about it in my hometown and after another cop confessed to witnessing the kill, the trooper was "investigated" for over a year and merely given a slap on the wrist, "said e-mail, the Post said. That seems to contradict a background paper recently released by the McCain-Palin campaign says the family he never knew he had been sanctioned Wooten, which is one reason Todd kept pressing the point.

Palin said she never pressured anybody, does not know that anyone on his team did, and it was not aware of what Todd was up to. Wooten has asked for a dangerous "rogue soldier" and says that his contacts were legitimate. Monegan was terminated because differences over the budget, says.

Thomas Van Flein, an Anchorage lawyer being paid by the state to represent the governor, said he believes that only the state Personnel Board has the authority to investigate what he considers an ethics matter related to the governor. He wants the Legislature to abandon its investigation.

The governor is now running for vice president alongside Republican Sen. John McCain. Campaign is the last word?

"I am making the legal strategy for governor. I have a team of lawyers. We conducted our own internal strategy. I'm not working for McCain's campaign are not working for me, "Van Flein said.

However, questioning the competence of the Legislature could tie the case in court and delay a resolution. Van Flein said he is trying to get it sorted this week so that will not happen.

Van Flein says research legislation is "a big secret jury" and that is one of their problems with him.

Sen. Hollis French, an Anchorage Democrat and director the project, said the Legislature has the right to investigate and that it intends to move forward. Both he and Branchflower are former state prosecutors.

"Stephen is working hard over the next two weeks to do a lot of interviews. … This certainly will not help you do your job on time, "said the Frenchman Bailey's cancellation.

French said he is consulting with Republican legislative leaders. The process will be fair to Palin, he said.

Nicki Neal, director of the state Division of Personnel and Labor Relations, said Wednesday that the council will meet soon in executive session – closed to the public – To begin its work. Palin had asked for the case of ethics to be open. Neal said he'll check in the way referred to the Board meetings.

Bailey, director of the governor of boards and commissions an annual salary of $ 78,500, has been on paid leave since 19 August as a result of what Palin has called a "smoking gun" conversation with a lieutenant about Wooten soldier. He is paying for its own attorney.

In the phone call, which was shot by soldiers, Bailey, said Lt. Rodney Dial that "Todd and Sarah are scratching their heads, 'Why on earth does not have this, why Why is this guy still representing the department? It's a horrible recruiting tool, you know.

Palin has said that Bailey was not speaking on behalf and Bailey has said the same thing. The phone call does not prove its staff members were pressuring soldiers to get Wooten fired Monegan, she has said.

Bailey cooperate, once it is clear who is in charge, Bailey's attorney said.

"No. 1, it remains a state employee," said abogado.-No. 2, has publicly stated that his position was and is that nobody put up to make the phone call. Sarah Palin was not involved. He will say the same under oath. This is just to try to make sure we are going through the appropriate legal procedure. "

Palin has made repeated public statements that she is going to cooperate, and that has not changed at this point, Van Flein said.

What if the Legislature is not going to abandon their research? "No have crossed that bridge yet, "Van Flein said.

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