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Report: Sen. Stevens Has Been Indicted

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) is facing federal indictment on seven criminal counts, according to Reuters. A press conference announcing the indictment is said to be imminent.

Stevens is facing a difficult reelection race against Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, and has been under a cloud of ethical scrutiny as part of a wide-ranging probe of corruption in Alaska politics, with much of the investigation focused on alleged bribery by the oil services firm Veco Corp.

Capitol Briefing will provide more updates soon.

UPDATE: The Associated Press says Stevens was indicted for "making false statements."

UPDATE 2: Here is a copy of the indictment. It alleges that Stevens "knowingly and willfully engaged in a scheme to conceal ... his continuing receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars of things of value from a private corporation and its chief executive officer by, among other things, failing to report them" on his annual Senate financial disclosure reports.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 29, 2008; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules  
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a republican lying under oath???? oh noes! how can that be!!!!

Posted by: linda | July 29, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Democrat Mark Begich is running against Sen. Stevens, not Ethan Berkowitz. He is running against Rep. Don Young.

Posted by: Chris L | July 29, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Good as this totally corrupt Republican
US Senator Stevens deserved to have been
send to the Pen a long time ago,right along
War Criminal George W Bush,Vice War Criminal Draft Dodger Cheney and their idiot phony Democrat Accomplice Madame
Speaker Nutso Nancy Pelosi,for Pelosi total
Felony Level Obstruction of Justice By
Pelosi Taking Impeachment Off The Table.
And I bet Democrat Chicago Political Thug
Barack Hussein Obama ties to his Chicago
Slumlord pal Tony Rezko sends Obama to the
pen with all them as well.

Posted by: Claudine 1000 | July 29, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

re:Good as this totally corrupt Republican
US Senator Stevens deserved to have been
send to the Pen a long time ago,right along
War Criminal George W Bush,Vice War Criminal Draft Dodger Cheney and their idiot phony Democrat Accomplice Madame
Speaker Nutso Nancy Pelosi,for Pelosi total
Felony Level Obstruction of Justice By
Pelosi Taking Impeachment Off The Table.
And I bet Democrat Chicago Political Thug
Barack Hussein Obama ties to his Chicago
Slumlord pal Tony Rezko sends Obama to the
pen with all them as well.

Claudine, do we like no one?

Posted by: Habib Haddad | July 29, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

This is reminiscent of the Feds nailing Capone for tax evasion. Let us hope for a similar outcome.

A few hundred thousand dollars of bribes--bad as it is--pales in comparison to the 1,452 projects worth $3.4 billion between 1995 and 2008 that this king of "pork" brought to Alaska.

He is in denial over global warming, in spite of the evidence occurring throughout his state, and has his own fantasy about what is happening.

He pushed to increase logging in the Tongass National Forest, and he supports drilling in ANWR rather than supporting smart, progressive energy policies with sustainable, renewable, more secure and effective solutions to our energy addiction.

He threatened to resign from the Senate if the hundreds of millions of dollars for his infamous "bridge to nowhere" were redirected to the Interstate 10 bridge across Lake Pontchartrain, a major "bridge to somewhere" that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

He allegedly directed Pakistan to resolve a dispute with VECO, owned by his close friend, before Stevens would move to eliminate U.S. military and economic sanctions against that nation.

Stevens said that he would block a comprehensive ethics reform package that had passed the House.

He placed an anonymous hold on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 that was designed to reform the earmarking process in Congress and establish a searchable database of all federal government appropriations.

Stevens authored the Senate version of telecom legislation that would end network neutrality. In highlighting his "understanding" of the issues, Stevens likened the Internet to a series of tubes that could be clogged with information. He also complained that "an internet was sent" by his staff which took 5 days to arrive because of traffic. Jon Stewart later mocked him by saying "you don't seem to know jack sh*t about computers or the internet, but that's OK -- you're just the guy in charge of regulating it."

In 2003, The LA Times published charges that Stevens had gained financially through influence peddling, steering government contracts to his associates, and insider trading.

In 1997, Stevens invested $50,000 with developer Rubini, who, in 2002, bought out Stevens' interest for $872,000. While an investor in that project, Stevens steered a $450 million contract to Rubini (for another project) to build and own housing at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

In 2005, Stevens prevented oil execs from being placed under oath when they spoke before a Senate committee hearing that he chaired.

Now, if they would investigate Sensenbrenner, Doolittle, Inhofe, Sessions, Cornyn, DeMint, Brownback, and, well, all the arrogant, conflicted, unethical, immoral senators leading us down the path of destruction. Then let's turn our attention to the House...

Posted by: NYVegan | July 30, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

This is reminiscent of the Feds nailing Capone for tax evasion. Let us hope for a similar outcome.

A few hundred thousand dollars of bribes--bad as it is--pales in comparison to the 1,452 projects worth $3.4 billion between 1995 and 2008 that this king of "pork" brought to Alaska.

He is in denial over global warming, in spite of the evidence occurring throughout his state, and has his own fantasy about what is happening.

He pushed to increase logging in the Tongass National Forest, and he supports drilling in ANWR rather than supporting smart, progressive energy policies with sustainable, renewable, more secure and effective solutions to our energy addiction.

He threatened to resign from the Senate if the hundreds of millions of dollars for his infamous "bridge to nowhere" were redirected to the Interstate 10 bridge across Lake Pontchartrain, a major "bridge to somewhere" that was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

He allegedly directed Pakistan to resolve a dispute with VECO, owned by his close friend, before Stevens would move to eliminate U.S. military and economic sanctions against that nation.

Stevens said that he would block a comprehensive ethics reform package that had passed the House.

He placed an anonymous hold on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 that was designed to reform the earmarking process in Congress and establish a searchable database of all federal government appropriations.

Stevens authored the Senate version of telecom legislation that would end network neutrality. In highlighting his "understanding" of the issues, Stevens likened the Internet to a series of tubes that could be clogged with information. He also complained that "an internet was sent" by his staff which took 5 days to arrive because of traffic. Jon Stewart later mocked him by saying "you don't seem to know jack sh*t about computers or the internet, but that's OK -- you're just the guy in charge of regulating it."

In 2003, The LA Times published charges that Stevens had gained financially through influence peddling, steering government contracts to his associates, and insider trading.

In 1997, Stevens invested $50,000 with developer Rubini, who, in 2002, bought out Stevens' interest for $872,000. While an investor in that project, Stevens steered a $450 million contract to Rubini (for another project) to build and own housing at Elmendorf Air Force Base.

In 2005, Stevens prevented oil execs from being placed under oath when they spoke before a Senate committee hearing that he chaired.

Now, if they would investigate Sensenbrenner, Doolittle, Inhofe, Sessions, Cornyn, DeMint, Brownback, and, well, all the arrogant, conflicted, unethical, immoral senators leading us down the path of destruction. Then let's turn our attention to the House...

Posted by: NYVegan | July 30, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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