In a filing last week to the Personnel Board, Palin claimed she fired Monegan because he had a "rogue mentality" and was bucking her administration's directives. "The last straw," her lawyer argued, came when she discovered he was planning a trip to Washington to lobby for money to fund an anti-sexual-violence program.
Palin had approved neither the trip nor the program, the filing said. Later in the week, however, ABC News reported that Palin's chief of staff had signed a travel authorization form approving Monegan's trip.
The McCain-Palin campaign said that such authorizations were "routine" and were signed without knowing the purpose of the travel. Monegan's signed form, released through an open records request to the Alaska Department of Public Safety, stated the purpose of his trip was to meet with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.
Monegan's lawyer, Jeff Feldman, blasted the allegations Palin made last week, calling her legal filing "their version of the facts" which served as "a vehicle to defame" Monegan, and promised his client would rebut them in their own filing to the panel.
Feldman also said he expected his client to cooperate with Petumenos' investigation, although they have not yet had the opportunity to meet with him. "It's entirely on his schedule," said Feldman.