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    buttmunch called it. those folks read their tea leaves and realized that they better take the safe route.

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    This ain't done yet:
    Troopergate II Report to be Released at 3:30 Election Eve - Updated.

    Independent Investigator Tim Petumenos, who was hired by the Personnel Board just said he will release his troopergate report at 3:30 p.m. today. This is the second report, following on the heels of a Legisltative Investigation whose report last month indicated that Palin had abused her power in the firing of former Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan. This investigation was initiated by Palin, who filed an ethics complaint against herself to make sure that the investigation happened in this venue.

    Kyle Hopkins from the Anchorage Daily News is on the scene.
    He said the report would cover Gov. Sarah Palin’s firing of Walt Monegan as well as a separate complaint from Anchorage activist Andree McLeod alleging alleges that state hiring practices were circumvented for a Palin supporter.

    Petumenos has two staff members with him, and each has a thick, yellow-bound document on their lap. I should note that when I called
    Personnel Board chair Debra English before the meeting to ask about
    the Palin investigation, she didn’t say anything but recommended
    showing up.
    Buckle your seatbelts.

    *****UPDATE - In a complete stunner that actually shouldn’t surprise us, The Personnel Board’s investigation of Palin, which she initiated herself, has concluded that she did nothing wrong. At all. Ever. And neither did any of her cronies.

    Several members of the Alaska State Legislaure who are also attorneys have stated over the past weeks that they would be very surprised if the results of the Petumenos investigation initiated by Palin herself differed significantly from the Branchflower investigation initiated by the Alaska State Legislature. Hmmm. I guess they are surprised.
    The state Personnel Board-sanctioned investigation is the second into whether Palin violated state ethics law in firing her public safety commissioner, and it contradicts the earlier findings by a special counsel hired by the state Legislature.

    Both investigations found that Palin was within her rights to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

    But the new report says the Legislature’s investigator was wrong to conclude that Palin abused her power by allowing aides and her husband, Todd, to pressure Monegan and others to dismiss her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten. Palin was accused of firing Monegan after Wooten stayed on the job.

    [snip]

    Petumenos wrote the Legislature’s special counsel, former state prosecutor Steve Branchflower, used the wrong state law as the basis for his conclusions and also misconstrued the evidence.

    His findings and recommendations include:

    - There is no cause to believe Palin violated the state ethics law in deciding to dismiss Monegan as public safety commissioner.

    - There is no cause to believe Palin violated the state ethics law in connection with Wooten.

    - There is no cause to believe any other state official violated the ethics act.

    - There’s no basis to conduct a hearing to “address reputational harm,” as requested by Monegan.

    - The state needs to address the issue of using private e-mails for government work and to examine how records are kept in the governor’s office. Palin used her Yahoo e-mail account for state business until it was hacked.
    This investigation agreed with the findings of the Legislative investigation that Palin was within her rights to fire Monegan, who was an at-will employee. Monegan himself has never disputed Palin’s right to fire him. However, the Personnel Board’s conclusion that Palin did not abuse her power is in direct contradiction to the Branchflower report released by the Legislative Council.

    The fact that this report concludes there is no cause to believe that any other state official violated the ethics act is one that should raise eyebrows. Nobody thrown under the bus, even? Everyone is squeaky clean, angel-faced and pure as the driven snow…..yeah, right.

    But here’s the killer. Walt Monegan was denied his request for a public hearing to clear his name, after Palin and her “Truth Squad” dragged his reputation through the mud by saying that he had a “rogue mentality” and committed acts of “outright insubordination”. Unbelievable.

    Since the Personnel Board has now refused to grant his request, this means that he has now, officially, exhausted all administrative possibilities in his case, and is basically now free to file a lawsuit.

    So here’s your quick recap of the investigation:

    The Legislature decides to investigate Palin for ethics violations. Palin says she will cooperate, so no subpoena is issued. Palin sends out Attorney General Talis Colberg to interview witnesses in advance of the Legislature’s investigation, so she knows what they’re going to say. Palin discovers a taped phone call made by her administration pressuring Troopers to fire Wooten. Palin says she is surprised by phone call and concedes it looks bad. Palin files ethics complaint against herself so that the Republican governor appointed Personnel Board, made up of people that she can fire, will be the group that investigates. Palin says Legislative investigation has become partisan and refuses to cooperate. Attorney General tells state employees they don’t need to comply with Legislative subpoenas. They don’t show for depositions. At the last minute they provide written testimony, but Palin still does not cooperate because she was not subpoenaed. Legislature releases report that says Palin abused her power and violated the Executive Ethics Act. Then, the day before the election, The Personnel Board releases a report clearing Palin and all state employees of everything.

    My contacts at Alaskans for Truth, who were involved in supporting Walt Monegan in his request for a hearing, are not pleased. This isn’t over by a long shot. It’s unlikely that this grass roots group is going to let Palin skip off into the sunset without a fight.

    Stay tuned for updates as they become available. I expect we’ll be hearing from members of the Legislature soon.

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    Also:
    The Problem for Petumenos: Deleted e-mails by Palin, Bailey

    The much anticipated second report on Troopergate from the Personnel Board was released yesterday by special investigator Tim Petumenos. In his findings, Petumenos clears Governor Sarah Palin and her staff of any wrongdoing.

    This report raises even more questions about just how much the governor actually knows about what is happening in her own office.

    Limitation on the Evidence reviewed in support of these conclusions: (Pg 53)


    "A cautionary note must be made with respect to the investigation conducted. Efforts to locate and secure all relevant emails have been exceedingly difficult in this case."
    "The Governor and Frank Bailey deleted emails"
    "Both Governor Palin and Frank Bailey testified they had been told there was not a document retention policy that applied to e-mails in the governor's office. Our investigation revealed that if they did receive that advice, it was mistaken. We found document rentention schedules for the Governor's Office and for the Director of Boards and Commissions that were specific and readily available at the Office of State Archives." (Pg 53 & 54)

    The Problem for Petumenos: Deleted e-mails by Palin, Bailey | AndrewHalcro.com

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    But more importantly:
    Palin's sworn testimony: Perjury?

    This is just one of many examples how the report issued yesterday by special investigator Tim Petumenos raises more questions than it answers.

    Palin testifying under oath, denied that she ever had any phone conversations about Trooper Mike Wooten with Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. On the other hand, Monegan has testified under oath that in fact he did have two conversations with the governor about Wooten.

    Furthermore, Todd Palin testified that he never told the governor of his original meeting with Monegan or the follow up conversation he had with Monegan days after his first meeting in January of 2007.
    The governor's sworn testimony compared to her own emails submitted into evidence tend to show that her denial is seriously flawed if not out and out purjury.
    In this morning's Anchorage Daily News they report,
    "The new report says Palin, in her testimony, denies Monegan's versions of events; specifically, she says two conversations that Monegan described having with her about Wooten never took place.

    One was a phone call Monegan says Palin made to him in January 2007 in which she complained that Wooten, who went through a nasty divorce from Palin's sister, had only received "a slap on the wrist" from his superiors. The other was a conversation he described having the next month with the governor while they were on their way to wish happy birthday to a state senator. Monegan said Palin brought up Wooten once again.
    "Both of those conversations are denied, in their entirety, by the governor," Petumenos said."
    Governor Sarah Palin's sworn testimony in October 2008:

    Page 31: "Governor Palin has testified under oath that she was unaware that Todd Palin made these early 2007 inquiries to Commissioner Monegan. Todd Palin confirmed that he did not discuss either the Monegan meeting of Commissioner's Monegan's follow up call with the Governor at any time until the matter became the subject of scrutiny in 2008."

    Governor Sarah Palin's email to Commissioner Monegan in February 2007:


    "Just my opinion - I know you know I've experienced a lot of frustration with this issue. I know Todd's even expressed to you a lot of concern about our family's safety after this trooper threatened to kill a family member"
    • This email was sent after the Governor's phone conversation with Monegan (which she denies occurred)
    • But the email obviously acknowledges the phone conversation; otherwise, what would her statement "I know you know I experienced a lot of frustration with this issue," be based on? How would Monegan known of her frustration if the conversation never occurred.
    • How did the Governor know that Todd had expressed their concern to Monegan if she was unaware that Todd had made inquiries to Monegan?
    • Why doesn't Petumenos address the obvious conflict between the Palin's deposition testimony and the dated and signed emails? Why doesn't the conflict create, at a minimum, probable cause?
    Palin's sworn testimony: Perjury? | AndrewHalcro.com

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