ABC News reports in an exclusive interview with former Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan on September 15, 2008 that Governor Sarah Palin was “not telling the truth” when she told ABC News’ Charles Gibson that Monegan was dismissed for poor job performance.
“She’s not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten,” said Walt Monegan, the Alaskan official whose dismissal by Sarah Palin is the focus of a state investigation known as “Troopergate”. “And she’s not telling the truth to the media about her reasons for firing me.”
Walt Monegan said he resisted pressure by the First Couple to re-open an old case against a state trooper, who was in a hotly contested divorce and custody battle with the Governor’s sister Molly.
Monegan told ABC News.com he was summoned to a meeting with Todd Palin in December 2006, shortly after Sarah Palin became governor.
I was called to her Anchorage formal Governor’s office to talk with Todd Palin about an issue that was a private family matter,” recounted Monegan. Todd became “upset,” Monegan recalled, when told the allegations had already been investigated and the case would not be re-opened.
When Sarah later called to tell me the same thing, I thought to myself, ‘I may not be long for this job.'” But, Monegan said, he stood by his position. “I held the public trust. As Chief, I was responsible.”