Again, I don’t why she thought she was going to get away with this, but maybe she’s not used to reporters asking more follow up questions.
One can make the argument, as Palin and her allies have tried to do, that this investigation — launched by a bipartisan Republican-controlled legislative body — was somehow a partisan Democratic witch hunt, but one cannot honestly make the argument that the report concluded that Palin was “cleared of any legal wrongdoing” or “any hint of unethical activity.” […]
Asked “Governor, did you abuse your power?” she said, “No, and if you read the report you’ll see that there was nothing unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member. You gotta read the report, sir.”
It’s true that there’s nothing “unlawful or unethical about replacing a cabinet member” in principle. And the report concluded that she had the power to fire Monegan.
But the report concluded that she had abused her power, and there was indeed something “unethical” about her behavior, insofar as it violated the state Ethics Act. […]
“Governor,” asked a reporter with the Anchorage Daily News, “finding Number One on the report was that you abused your power by violating state law. Do you think you did anything wrong at all in this Troopergate case?”
“Not at all and Iâ€™ll tell you, it, I think that youâ€™re always going to ruffle feathers as you do what you believe is in the best interest of the people whom you are serving,” Palin said. “In this case I knew that I had to have the right people in the right position at the right time in this cabinet to best serve Alaskans, and Walt Monegan was not the right person at the right time to meet the goals that we had set out in our administration. So no, not having done anything wrong, and again very much appreciating being cleared of any legal wrongdoing or unethical activity at all.”
Again, not true.
She was NOT cleared, certainly not of “unethical activity.”
Trust me, the press will be ALL OVER these new statements tomorrow and it’ll make her look like a liar…again.
And who’s to blame for this perception?
Sarah Palin. That’s it.
She can’t blame this on the media. She can’t blame this on “gotcha journalism.” She is trying to spin her way out of the TrooperGate findings and it simply won’t work.