Palin: Report Saying I Broke the Law Vindicates Me
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — I was surprised to see Gov. Sarah Palin’s response to the Troopergate report released on Friday. The governor seems to think that the report, which concludes she violated a state ethics law, actually vindicates her.
Here’s what Palin told the Anchorage Daily News:
“Well, I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there,” the governor said from her car on the way to a campaign stop in Philadelphia.
Here’s an image of the report’s findings. Note finding No. 1:
For the reasons explained in section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) provides
The legislature reaffirms that each public officer holds office as a public trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust.
I’m not sure how to reconcile Palin’s statement on the report with, well, the report.