The Republican vice presidential nominee self-proclaimed "maverick", "agent of change" and "reformer set to flush out corruption in Washington" unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday.
Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report by a bipartisan panel that investigated the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain. The report found that Palin let the family grudge influence her decision-making.
"Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired," the report said.
The investigation revealed that Palin's husband, Todd, has extraordinary access to the governor's office and her closest advisers. He used that access to try to get trooper Mike Wooten fired, the report found.
Although the investigation started before Palin nomination as McCain's running mate and was launched by a Republican-dominated bi-partisan committee, the McCain-Palin campaign is dismissing the report as politically motivated (????). 'Luckily' for Palin, the 263-page report does not recommend sanctions or a criminal investigation. Does it mean that it's the end of the story? Only time will tell but I do not believe so...Sarah Palin broke the law!!! What happens when a citizen of the United States of America breaks the law? YOU tell me.
In the meantime, the US Secret Service said Thursday it was investigating an alleged death threat against Barack Obama made at the McCain-Palin Florida rally.