While head inquisitor Hollis French waited in vain for Todd Palin to appear for his show trial, ABC News was trying its best to breath new life into the sham troopergate investigation:

An internal government document obtained by ABC News appears to contradict Sarah Palin’s most recent explanation for why she fired her public safety chief, the move which prompted the now-contested state probe into “Troopergate.”

The document in question allegedly shows that the Governor’s office Ok’d a trip that Palin cited as one reason for Monegan’s dismissal:

The governor’s staff authorized the trip, according to an internal travel document from the Department of Public Safety, released Friday in response to an open records request.

But the physical act of going on the trip wasn’t the problem. Monegan’s unauthorized lobbying is what got him fired. As one of Palin’s aides put it:

When you receive permission to travel, it does not mean that you receive blanket authorization to discuss or do whatever you would like on that trip.

Sorry, ABC. This won’t damage Palin anymore than cheap shots from washed up comediennes or corrupt politicians. Face it, guys: troopergate’s a goner.

Comments 2

  1. teqjack wrote:

    “But the physical act of going on the trip wasn’t the problem.”

    Not all that clear

    “Monegan’s unauthorized lobbying is what got him fired.”

    Yes, largely, but not necessarily that trip. As her lawyer put it, it was the “last” straw. Inside Alaska he had flouted normal practices in attempts to get some of her work overturned, ignored orders, and on and on. Which for whatever reasons he had not [noticeably] done in his earlier position. Which he was offered but (understandably, seeing it as a demotion) turned down.

    But ABC is also conflating two seperate “troopergate” inquiries.

    “Last week a legislative panel approved a subpoena for Nizich to be interviewed by Stephen Branchflower, the prosecutor hired to conduct the Alaska Legislature’s inquiry into Troopergate. ”

    That is inquiry number one: perhaps best understood as being headed by a political opponent who ran as a former Marine (“Gunny”) but was not…

    “In Palin’s court filing Monday – to stop an investigation by her state Personnel Board she earlier had requested …”

    Inquiry number two, a separate one she started to get her side of the story out. But since being picked as VP candidate (which she did not expect back in February when the McCain campaign asked if they could vet her along with a number of other possibilities) coming up with some of the required stuff – especially time – has become at best difficult.

    And of course, the whole thing is stupid to the Nth degree. Mr. Monegan has himself stated that she never pressed him to fire the guy but had other reasons to dismiss Monegan. And yes, her husband did mention it to him – but at the instigation of the state security team assigned to her, who were worried about the potential threat, not by Gov. Palin.

    Posted 20 Sep 2008 at 6:40 pm
  2. Dennis Daily wrote:

    Hollis French the Alaska state legislator leading the Palin investigation, has his own ethics problems. For years he claimed he had served in the united States Marine Corps as he elicited political support from veterans. It turns out he was never in the service. He is also a political ally of Monegan. I would think troopergate should end rather quickly.

    Posted 23 Sep 2008 at 3:57 pm

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