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.