Politics & Government

August 14, 2008

Alaska's governor admits her staff tried to have trooper fired

After months of denials, Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday revealed an audio recording that shows an aide pressuring the Public Safety Department to fire a state trooper embroiled in a custody battle with her sister. Palin also disclosed that members of her staff had made about two dozen contacts with public safety officials about the trooper. But Palin said her decision to fire Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan last month had nothing to do with his refusal to dump trooper Mike Wooten.

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