Bloomberg.com is reporting that the depositions of Republican vice presidential candidate and her husband Todd Palin will be taken on October 24th as part of the 2nd Troopergate investigation by the Alaska State Personnel Board.
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband will give depositions Oct. 24 in a second investigation into whether she wrongly fired the state’s public safety commissioner, said Taylor Griffin, a spokesman for the McCain- Palin campaign.
Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, will be interviewed on the campaign trail by a lawyer working for the Alaska State Personnel Board, which is investigating Palin’s July 11 firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. The police chief said he was dismissed for refusing to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was involved in a divorce and custody battle with Palin’s sister.
“Governor Palin holds herself to the highest standards of ethics and accountability,” Griffin said in a statement. “She requested that the Personnel Board take a good hard independent look at the facts to get to the truth of this matter.”
In a separate investigation by the Alaska legislature completed Oct. 10, Palin was found to have abused her power in violation of state ethics rules by letting her husband use the governor’s office to try to get Wooten fired, a state legislative investigator reported.
Even so, the report said Palin’s firing of Monegan was a “proper and lawful exercise” of her authority to hire and dismiss department heads for any reason.
The State Personnel Board’s investigator hasn’t said when he will complete his probe.