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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Troopergate: Sarah Palin Broke the Law - Period.

As expected, the McCain campaign is out there today claiming that the recently released report of the independent investigator looking into Sarah Palin's Troopergate scandal concluded that Palin didn't break the law. Here's a campaign hack today:

"If you read the report, you will see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member," Palin said as boarded her campaign bus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "You got to read the report."


There were two laws in question in the investigation. One had to do with the Governor's authority to fire a department head, and on this account, the report found that her firing of Walt Monegan didn't break the law.

HOWEVER, the report also found that Sarah Palin broke an Alaska state ethics law that prohibits state officials from abusing their office:
For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

So, to sum it up, Palin broke one law but not the other. She is a criminal. They can argue about whether Palin actually did break the ethics law but they are LYING when they say that "there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member."