The phone call
In the call, Bailey talks about Palmer Trooper Mike Wooten, Palin’s former brother-in-law. Bailey notes Wooten still has his job and offers to give more dirt on Wooten for Public Safety.
"Tell me what you need and we'll get it for ya," he said.
Bailey says: "Todd and Sarah are scratching their heads, you know: Why on earth, why is this guy still representing the department, he's a horrible recruiting tool. And from their perspective, everybody's protecting him."
And later: “She (Palin) really likes Walt a lot, but on this issue she feels like it’s, she doesn’t know why there’s absolutely no action for a year … it’s very troubling to her and the family. I can definitely relay that.”
The Legislature hired an investigator to look into whether Monegan was fired because he wouldn't discipline Wooten. Palin says that if there is a “smoking gun," this is it, but she says she only recently learned of the conversation and didn’t ask Bailey to make the call.
Monegan was fired for other reasons, she said.
“I do now have to tell Alaskans that such pressure could have been perceive to exist, although I only now have become aware of it. It’s apparent that over the course of my term, members of my administration did contact department of public safey to discuss concerns regarding trooper Wooten," Palin said.
"… Many of these inquires were completely appropriate. However, the serial nature of the contacts understandably could be perceive as some kind of pressure, presumabely at my direction.”