Newly released emails sent by former Gov. Sarah Palin to her staff and family show that rumors about Trig's birth started even before she hit the national stage. In the 2008 election, claims circulated that Trig was actually the son of Sarah's daughter Bristol, despite any evidence to support that. Palin sent a note more than a week before Trig's birth, in April 2008, blaming a political opponent for the scandal. “Sounds like The Bristol rumor was started and continues via Lyda’s office,” she wrote to staff and her husband. Lydia Green, a Republican, was senate president at the time and a frequent opponent of Sarah's. “Bristol does want it squashed—we just don’t know how to do so without making it a bigger issue,” she wrote.