July 29th, 2008
03:33 PM ET
10 years ago

Sen. Inouye: Stevens surprised by indictment

Inouye said Stevens was surprised by the indictment.

Inouye said Stevens was surprised by the indictment.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Stevens was caught by surprise Tuesday by his federal indictment on charges that he concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gifts and services from a company in his home state, his colleague Sen. Daniel Inouye told CNN Senior Producer Ted Barrett.

"Apparently the media knew about it before he did," Inouye said, adding he had just spoken to Stevens.

Stevens was meeting with Republican colleagues when the indictment was returned, and he was pulled out of the meeting, his colleague said.

Listen: Inouye talks to CNN's Ted Barrett about Stevens

"As far as he's concerned he's not guilty. And I believe him," Inouye said.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Patrick Henry, Ft. Myers

    Well–this is America where you're guilty until you're proving guilty. Don't you guys watch Cops?

    July 29, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. judge Huck

    G O P = Guilty 'OL Party = Go tO Prison

    July 29, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. TXBad1

    Whats new another crooked Republican, why does this not surprise us!

    July 29, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Griff

    Me too?? The USA is on Drugs... LSD?? L – ed a – S – tray by D – emocrats. This is not News... Inditment of Obama, is News..

    July 29, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Right! In the Neo-con Banana Republic NO ONE IS GUILTY; It's just that "MISTAKES WERE MADE..."

    July 29, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Broad Street Buddy

    Ok its over Inouye said hes not guilty so there is nothing more to see here people. Move it along . . . oh wait. We have a judicial system is this country for a reason right? We might as well see if they have a different oppinion. I mean that is the point of having checks and balances right? . . . separation of powers right??? Lock this old crook up!!

    July 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. David in KC

    Yet another corrupted criminal conservative. Lock him up.

    July 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. MD

    Isn't there a rule that a congressman cannot be taken off the hill? I'm surprised the indictment came now rather than in august, when congress is out of session.

    July 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    bird of a feather stick together

    July 29, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. A.J.in Fla

    No matter which party politicians belong to, you are all morally corrupted specially the ones from Vermont, "The Pedophilia State"

    Do the right thing and resign a.s.a.p. before you approval rate drops below 3%, especially those moronic congressman and senators that got elected 2 years ago to end the war, lower the price of gasoline and improve the economy, especially those two liiberal, anarchyst, socialist/communist, the likes of Mrs. Pelosi and Mrs. Reid

    July 29, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Jason - Chandler, Arizona

    I'm surprised HE is surprised. His attorney surely knew before the media did. I am shocked that the GOP would say they aren't guilt. This how many senators in the last 2 years that have had major legal trouble? First Larry "Stallman" Craig. Now we have Ted "Im Angry" Stevens in hot water. They say the Democrats are breaking the law and rules. Hmmm not so good now huh Repubs that the shoe is on the other foot!

    Crooked toe tapping freaks.. And Republicans call themselves "conservative" almost $500 Billion in deficit! Thanx for nothing!

    July 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Perhaps he should have thought about the consequences before he broke the law. I guess he just wasn't high enough up on the Republican ladder to be protected.

    July 29, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Jack - Des Moines

    Only 8 pro-Obama comments on the AFL-CIO support Obama story and you close off any other comments. Shame on you CNN !

    The executive council of the ALF-CIO has to launch a major campaign to convince the members, who pay their salaries, to support Obama. They are trying to cover their butts with this waste of money from Union dues. It is shameful and so is CNN for playing along.

    July 29, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Smell that Elephant Dung

    What exactly surprised this guy?

    Was it the extra $100K's in his account or was it the indictment for selling out his state and country that surprised him?

    July 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. ProudToBeDemocrat

    he is cought red handed

    July 29, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. eric

    As far as Stevens is concerned, the internet is a series of tubes as well, so I guess he's guilty as hell. Sen. Inouye ought to recognize an old, stupid, sinking ship when he sees one and be careful not to inherit the stink by casting his lot with Stevens.

    July 29, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. NoMcSame

    Why? You shouldn't be because he is a republican and that is what they do. Ask the LIAR named McSame. Obama,Obama,Obama is all that comes out of his mouth and nothing that he says is true.

    July 29, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Axel

    Oh come on now, Sen. Inouye. Republicans never think they're guilty of anything. Even when there is irrefutable evidence against them. When are you guys going to get it through your heads that you are not above the law?

    July 29, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. cindy

    i see they are all innocent when they are caught with their pant down. politician will always be a politician stealing taxpayers money on top of their big pay. it is just a matter of time before they are all caught

    July 29, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. S. Boatman

    How Dare They Bring Charges Against The Longest Standing Crooked Republican. . . How Dare They!

    July 29, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. mediabias

    CNN Where is the story about 72 % of the media coverage Obama receives is negative. Covert racism at work in MSM. While MSM edit and slice McCain gaffes and misstatements.

    July 29, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. TyWebb

    Well, something had to wake Paul from his nap!

    July 29, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican for Obama

    What a surprise! A repuglican feeling like his party is innocent despite the DOJ indicting him.

    Let's put it this way: You may be innocent of the crime charged against you in court, but you don't end up in court by having an unquestionable record.

    That means: Even if you didn't do the charged crime, you have comitted some kind of crime and/or have a very slimy reputation if you are charged of anything at all. You aren't suspicious for no reason.

    I say charge every single republican politician out there. Crime: Being a Republican Politician and crimes against humanity.

    July 29, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Whats left in your wallet?

    This guy might be surprised when he gets his too.

    July 29, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. mwm

    of course .he's waiting for bush to say executive priveledge!he has about 6 months to get his pardon.

    July 29, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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