Another Palin Investigation Kicks Off in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — In case trooper-gate’s not enough, Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, has another investigation on her plate.
The police officers union in Alaska has filed a complaint on behalf of Mike Wooten, a state trooper and Palin’s former brother-in-law, who Palin is accused of trying to oust over a long-time family feud. Since being tapped for the veep spot, Palin has lawyered up and is no longer cooperating in the investigation.
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 complaint alleges that a phone recording in which Palin aide Frank Bailey pressures Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan to push out Wooten shows that his file was misused. Palin’s campaign responds saying that Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, gave Bailey the information, all of which first appeared in public divorce records.