A report released tonight clears Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of charges that she committed ethics violations when she fired her public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan.
"There is no probable cause to believe that the governor, or any other state official, violated the Alaska Executive Ethics Act in connection with these matters," states the report, written by Timothy Petumenos, an independent counsel for the Alaska Personnel Board.
The Washington Post’s James Grimaldi adds some context for this investigation: "After Palin was selected as Sen. John McCain’s running mate, her attorneys attempted to take the investigation out of the hands of the legislative investigator by asking her hand-picked, three-person State Personnel Board to look into the matter. At a routine meeting, the board surprised attendees by announcing that its investigator would release his findings yesterday."
* This post has been updated.