The Troopergate findings apparently show that Sarah Palin abused her power as Governor of the state of Alaska in the matter of the dismissal of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. While the bi-partisan board which conducted the investigation cannot prosecute the unlawful action, they can make a recommendation on criminal proceedings. Commissioner Monegan now also has, it seems, plenty of ammunition for a wrongful termination suit, at the least.
The political implications of this are enormous. We’ll see how it plays out over the next 24 hours. Let’s all remember that the board which conducted this investigation was bi-partisan. They unanimously agreed to investigate and they unanimously agreed to release the findings to the public. That’s probably the end of the bi-partisanship in this matter, dontcha think?
**Update: You can read the entire report here.
***Update: I said yesterday that the decision to release the report was unanimous. Apparently, that’s innacurate, based on reporting from MSNBC this morning:
After a court fight to block the report failed, the panel of lawmakers voted to release it — though not without dissension. The panel did not vote on whether to endorse its findings.
“I think there are some problems in this report,” said Republican state Sen. Gary Stevens, a member of the panel. “I would encourage people to be very cautious, to look at this with a jaundiced eye.”