An investigation by Alaska’s legislature has concluded that Gov. Sarah Palin abused the powers of her office when she pressured subordinates to press for her former brother-in-law to be dismissed from his post as a state trooper.
In a report released by state lawmakers on Friday, it was found that Palin had herself exerted pressure to get Trooper Michael Wooten fired. She also allowed her husband and subordinates to do the same. The report states:
“Such impermissible and repeated contacts create conflicts of interests for subordinate employees who must choose to either please a superior or run the risk of facing that superior’s displeasure and the possible consequences of that displeasure.”
The report concludes that the action was a violation of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.
I can hardly wait to hear how John McCain and the GOP will spin this one.