It appears to me that there is no way that Palin could have been fully exonerated in troopergate.
NOT because she’s guilty, but because of the terms.
Here is the full report. Now let’s focus on findings 1 and 2.
(typed by me since copy/paste doesn’t work in pdf)
Finding Number 1: 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. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
“The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust,
and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action
is a violation of that trust.”
Finding Number 2: I find that although Walt Monegan’s refusal to fire Trooper Michael Wooten was not the sole reason he was fired by Governor Sarah Palin, it was likely a contributing factor to his termination as Commissioner of Public Safety. In spite of that, Governor Palin’s firing of Commissioner Monegan was a proper and lawful exercise of her constitutional and statutory authority to hire and fire executive branch department heads.
Finding 3 says Monegan got workman’s comp fairly.
Finding 4 says the Attorney General hasn’t responded to requests for emails.
So let me get this straight:
-Palin had reasons to fire Monegan beyond the personal.
-Palin had the right to fire Monegan.
-Anytime someone in Alaska benefits from using their authority, it’s a breach of ethics
So because the personal reasons existed due to an employee of Monegan, Palin shouldn’t have fired Monegan due to the nonpersonal reasons, else it will all end up here.
I think this pretty much shows that Palin, once again, is not afraid of the “machine” that can be politics. She did what she thought was right knowing full well how it might look in the end. I think she’s ok on this.