Ms. Palin has denied that anyone told Mr. Monegan to dismiss Trooper Wooten, or that the commissioner’s ouster had anything to do with him. But an examination of the case, based on interviews with Mr. Monegan and several top aides, indicates that, to a far greater degree than was previously known, the governor, her husband and her administration pressed the commissioner and his staff to get Trooper Wooten off the force, though without directly ordering it.It's a sordid story, including multiple instances of Todd Palin, the governor's husband, stalking Trooper Wooten in an effort to have his worker's compensation denied.
In all, the commissioner and his aides were contacted about Trooper Wooten three dozen times over 19 months by the governor, her husband and seven administration officials, interviews and documents show.
Soon after that, Mr. Palin and several aides began pressing the public safety agency to investigate another matter: whether Trooper Wooten was fraudulently collecting workers’ compensation for a back injury he said he had suffered while helping carry a body bag.What is the governor's husband doing, sneaking around, stalking his former brother-in-law. It's creepy. Todd Palin was obsessed with his former brother-in-law:
Mr. Palin’s evidence: He told Ms. Peterson, the commissioner’s assistant, that he had seen the trooper riding a snowmobile while on medical leave and that he had photographs to prove it.
When Mr. Palin called back two weeks later, Ms. Peterson said she had met with the trooper but was not authorized to discuss the conversation because it was an official state personnel matter. The issue was eventually resolved in Trooper Wooten’s favor, after his chiropractor sent a letter saying he had approved of the trooper’s riding a snowmobile, as long as he was careful.
Mr. Palin declined to be interviewed. But in a sworn affidavit this week for the legislative investigation, he wrote that he had hundreds of communications about the trooper "with my family, with friends, with colleagues and with just about everyone I could, including government officials." He added, "In fact, I talked about Wooten so much over the years that my wife told me to stop talking about it with her."Read "Palins Repeatedly Pressed Case Against Trooper" in The New York Times.
Since the beginning of this investigation, Sarah Palin has repeatedly lied about her level of involvement. Here's a video that shows Palin flip flopping on Monegan's qualifications in the space of a few days:
It will interesting to see if the report of the independent investigator contains any new revelations, but it is already clear that Sarah Palin abused her power as governor to harass her former brother-in-law.