I'm really surprised this didn't come out on Wednesday. Timothy Petumenos, an independent investigator has found that partisan Alaska state prosecutor Steve Branchflower misconstrued evidence and misapplied state laws to conclude that Sarah Palin abused her power by firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.
Branchflower and Monegan were colleagues in Anchorage. Other Democrats were involved in manipulating and suppressing evidence in this investigation.
Below are Petumenos' findings and recommendations regarding the abuse of power issue:
- There is no cause to believe Palin violated the state ethics law in deciding to dismiss Monegan as public safety commissioner.
- There is no cause to believe Palin violated the state ethics law in connection with Wooten.
- There is no cause to believe any other state official violated the ethics act.
- There's no basis to conduct a hearing to "address reputational harm," as requested by Monegan.