Lawmakers meeting secretly on Palin ethics report
Friday, October 10, 2008; 1:34 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors to discuss a politically charged ethics report into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her state public safety commissioner.
The Republican vice presidential nominee has been accused of firing the commissioner to settle a family dispute. An investigator's report was expected to be released later Friday.
Palin supporters have called the investigation politically motivated. Protestors wearing clown noses and carrying balloons greeted lawmakers with cheers that the circus was in town.
The investigation focuses on Palin's firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan. Monegan says it was retribution for resisting pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor's sister.