Sarah Palin Scandal – Troopergate UPDATE
It seems that the Sarah Palin Scandal of Troopergate just got bigger. The previous aspects to the current Sarah Palin scandal revolved around someone from Sarah Palin’s office pushing for the firing of Trooper Mike Wooten who is the star of Troopergate’s file. The new Sarah Palin scandal includes the charge that someone from Sarah Palin’s office even accessed Mike Wooten’s file. Will all these Sarah Palin Scandals go away? Probably not until the actual election.
Details of the latest Sarah Palin scandal from MSNBC:
The GOP candidate for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, may be facing yet another ethics investigation back in her home state of Alaska. An ethics complaint obtained by NBC News was filed Wednesday by the police officers union in Alaska, requesting a probe into possible wrongdoing by the governor or her office. It was brought on behalf of state trooper Mike Wooten, an ex-brother-in-law of Palin who is at the center of the “Troopergate” scandal.
The complaint alleges that the governor or her staff may have have improperly disclosed information from Wooten’s personnel records. The complaint alleges “criminal penalties may apply.”
John Cyr, director of the union that filed the complaint, told NBC News, “It seems obvious to us somebody has improperly accessed [Wooten's] personnel file.”
The McCain/Palin campaign Thursday launched a spirited defense when contacted by NBC News. They say the personnel files were not protected; a campaign source says Wooten himself had previously signed a waiver allowing a divorce lawyer to obtain his personnel records. The campaign then sent a copy of that waiver to NBC News, which reads “I hereby waive any privilege I may have to said information to said attorneys.”
The issue concerns disclosures about Wooten’s records made by a Palin aide – Frank Bailey – in a February 2008 phone conversation. The police officers’ union complaint claims the transcript of that conversation clearly indicates there was improper access to Wooten’s records.
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