LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Sarah Palin emails released today (read online below) could refocus attention on Walt Monegan and Mike Wooten (“Troopergate”) along with email exchanges with Todd Palin. Sarah Palin emails released today prompted a news media circus in Juneau, Alaska. Passed out were boxes of printed copies of Palins’ emails. One reporter called it “hundred of pounds” of paper with the emails released in hardcover format, not digital. Multiple news agencies requested the twenty-four thousand pages of emails.
But while news reporters this weekend quickly scan the printed versions of the emails into digital format and post them online for readers, insiders are wondering how much of Troopergate will be revealed. New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and other news outlets were present this morning to take delivery of the messages that spanned from January 2007 through to September 2008. (Update: some of the emails are being posted online HERE as of 11 am PST.)
But will the emails reveal more about Troopergate? An October 2008 report found that Sarah Palin fired Walter Monegan because he wouldn’t fire Trooper Michael Wooton divorcing Palin’s sister. The 2008 report found that then “Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get trooper Michael Wooten fired.”
Palin was accused of trying to get fired Michael Wooton. The report found that Palin urged Commissioner Walter or Walt Monegan to fire him. But when Walt didn’t, she fired him. The report found that Palin sacked Monegna for that among other reasons. Wooton is the ex husband of Sarah Palin’s sister.
“The evidence supported the conclusion that governor Palin, at the least, engaged in ‘official action’ by her inaction, if not her active participation or assistance to her husband, to get trooper Wooten fired” found the report issued at the time. “Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda, to wit: to get trooper Michael Wooten fired.”
The report found that Monegan wasn’t fired just because of his refusal to fire trooper Wooten, but that it was at least one of the factors.