Palin releases emails in bid to clear her name over 'Troopergate' scandal

Sarah Palin has released a number of emails she hopes will prove she did not abuse her position as Alaska governor in the 'Troopergate' scandal.

She has been accused of trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from his police job.

Critics claim the controversy could derail Mrs Palin's White House dream.

Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten
Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin speaks at a rally

Troopergate scandal: Sarah Palin has released emails in a bid to prove she did not try and get her ex-brother-in-law Mike Wooten (left) fired from his police job

But Republican campaign officials said last night that the emails proved that John McCain's running mate dismissed her Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan over budget disagreements, not as part of a private row.

Mr Monegan said his dismissal may have been due to his reluctance to fire Mike Wooten, a state trooper and Mrs Palin's ex-brother-in-law.

At the time Mr Monegan was dismissed, Mr Wooten was involved in a custody battle with his former wife, Molly McCann, Mrs Palin's sister.

He had allegedly threatened their father.

But the emails show the family feud had nothing to do with her decision to replace Mr Monegan, said aides.

In one email, Mr Monegan urged his colleagues to communicate better with the governor shortly after he was sacked in July.

In it he admitted his actions could have been seen as a lack of 'support' for Mrs Palin.

'Please choose a different path,' he wrote.

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