In a recent post I documented Sarah Palin's direct and deliberate lying to the press over the results of the TrooperGate investigation which found her guilty of violating Alaskan ethics laws.
Here' s more of the same deliberate lying -- Rick Davis, McCain campaign manager, lying on Fox News this past Sunday morning:
DAVIS: Let me tell you, this whole thing has been a kangaroo court from day one. ... The reality is there was absolutely no wrongdoing found in the report. 1,000 pages, an enormous waste of time and the best that they could come up with was no violation of any laws or ethics rules, but -
WALLACE: Wait wait. It said she violated the state ethics board.
DAVIS: But that she acted within her power and scope of authority as governor to do exactly as she did.
The report does not say that acted within the scope of her authority when she abused the powers of her office and violated state ethics law. That's another absolute lie.
The fact is that finding number one in the report (see page 8 of the pdf) is that Sarah Palin violated Alaska Statute 39.52.010(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act:
Finding Number One:
For reasons explained in Section IV of this report, I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.010(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. Alaska Statute 39.52.010(a) states:
"The legislature affirms that each public officer holds office as a pubic trust, and any effort to benefit a personal or financial interest through official action is a violation of that trust."
Davis claim that Palin was found innocent of any wrongdoing is total bullshit.
He's also lying about the timeline and partisanship of the investigation. The Alaskan Legislative Council has a Republican majority, and the Council voted unanimously to conduct the investigation one month prior to Palin's selection as McCain's VP running mate. Sarah Palin stated at the time that she welcomed the investigation. Davis' claim that this was a partisan witch hunt is another lie.
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