Justice Department indicts Sen. Ted Stevens
CBS) Government sources tell CBS News Republican Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has been indicted on seven charges related to a corruption probe.
A federal grand jury in Washington has handed up the indictment against Stevens -- which the Justice Department is set to announce very shortly.
Stevens faces seven counts of false statements involving VECO, the oil services company in Alaska, and the renovations done on his home.
Stevens has been the subject of a wide-ranging investigation -- and with this announcement -- Stevens becomes the highest level politician charged in the department's crackdown on alleged corruption, CBS News reports.
Steven's home was raided by the FBI last year with investigators taking a close look at renovations done on his Alaska home.
Stevens high profile attorney, Brendan Sullivan, has denied any wrongdoing by the senator.
He should have been indicted for that suit alone
I hope they put the son of bitch under the jail
with his kid. I don't care if he is old and senile fuck him.
And as if the gods are smiling down on us,
the sun actually came out here today for the first time in weeks. It is a GLORIOUS Alaska summer day, finally.
For anyone who's interested, here's a link to the Anchorage Daily News reporting on Ted's downfall. The comments at the end of the article are priceless.
Celebrate with us today. :)
Thanks and I just heard he will be allowed to turn himself in
AK-Sen: Inouye rallies to Stevens' defense
Tue Jul 29, 2008 at 11:34:50 AM PDT
The Alaska and Hawaii senators, despite being from opposite parties, have long had an alliance. Being the last two states of the union, they apparently need to huddle for protection. Or something. And since Stevens and Inouye have essentially been around since statehood (and long before it), it's a bond that not even corruption and seven measly counts in an indictment can sever.
Senator Daniel Inouye, Democrat of Hawaii, who is the chairman of the defense appropriations subcommittee and a friend of Mr. Stevens, said that “he is innocent until proven guilty.” Mr. Inouye said he did not expect that the indictment would interfere with Senator Stevens’s ability to work in the Senate.
That's so cute and heartwarming. Touching, really. The stuff that Hallmark Network movies are made of.
Except, of course, that Inouye is just as wrong as Stevens.
Per Republican Senate caucus rules, if a member is indicted, he or she can no longer serve as chairman or ranking member of a committee.
Stevens is a ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
So the indictment kind of does interfere with Stevens' ability to work in the Senate. Stevens may be innocent until proven guilty (and he is), but fact is, getting indicted isn't some minor annoyance.
Yes we will celebrate with you