July 29th, 2008
12:57 PM ET
6 years ago

Source: Stevens to be indicted

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Stevens is facing a federal indictment.
Stevens is facing a federal indictment.

(CNN) – Sen. Ted Stevens is expected to be indicted this afternoon by a federal grand jury, CNN has learned. A government source and a source familiar with the investigation would not tell CNN what charges are expected to be filed against the Alaska Republican.

Stevens has been the subject of a wide-ranging federal investigation focusing on Alaska state lawmakers and an Energy company in the state.

Steven's Alaska home was searched last July.

Watch: Stevens' home gets raided

FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents searched Stevens' Alaska home in July 2007 in connection with the probe, which has already snared two oil-company executives and a state lobbyist. At the time, he urged constituents "not to form conclusions based upon incomplete and sometimes incorrect reports in the media."

The 84-year-old senator is a former chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is renowned for his prowess in steering federal funds to his vast, sparsely populated state. He has represented Alaska in Washington since 1968 and is up for re-election in November.

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  1. No McCain!

    Get him out. While we're at it, let's throw out all the corrupt politicians!

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Alice Gentry

    The main charge against him is that he is a REGISTERED REPUBLICAN, which has become criminalized in our country.

    July 29, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Michael Templer

    First, John McCain was the first to call Stevens on his bridge to no where

    that led to this or the investigations exposed the bridge for your information.

    as a Republican who has supported McCain in 2000 and 2008

    will be supporting Obama in the fall.

    That being said two things

    first, your being indited over $250,000

    being power that longs starts to make you think that you are above the law.

    It seems that the way to get people no is the Al Capone way

    not for what he or she Actually did but on technicalities

    ironic in the 70's and 80's we would rail against criminals getting off on technicalities now we are using them to get

    Martha Stewart
    Marion Jones
    Scooter Libby

    etc

    on basically lying and covering it up

    This coupled with the largest deficit in history takes away a major argument from the republicans

    they can complain about Obama's tax but not the spending

    yes he is going to spend money on US and not Haliburton

    you know the company that is war profiteering exploding our budget
    and getting soldiers killed with their substandard Chinese parts.

    July 29, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. doofus Cape Coral Fl

    So much for the party of "Family Values"

    July 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. CD

    That is why they wanted a ban on protected areas on off-shore drilling! Thieves! Rogues! Bandits! Shameless Americans! Our blood dying in foreign lands is not enough for you and you need our money too. Republicans need to repent and be really born again. God help us all!

    July 29, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Steve, Madison WI

    I'm sure Fox News will make the "honest mistake" of showing a (D) after his name if they even air this. Maybe he can take a walk on his "bridge to nowhere" along with the rest of these crooks!

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. JD

    Somehow it just isn't fair. I mean, Congress can lie to us – why can't we lie to Congress?

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    Here are the similarites of Sen Ted Stevens with with John McSame:
    1.) They are both old politicians – Ted Stevens is 84, John McSame is 72!
    2.) Longevity and doing NOTHING in congress – Ted Stevens has been in congress for 40 yrs and John McSame has been there close to 30 yrs!
    3.) They are both REPUBLICANS
    4.) They are both in the tank with OIL LOBBYIST
    5.) They have both been investigated; remember John McSame Keating 5?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    John McSame will be indicted next for brain paralysis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Mike in MN July 29th, 2008 1:40 pm ET

    All these sad comments that take delight in a Republican that has done wrong and then lump all Republicans together is just preverted. What a bunch of creeps. After I read crap like this, I could not be more proud to be a Republican. If Stevens is gulity, I support he be punished to the fullest extent. But give all this hate a rest. For every 100 Democrates there are 95 to 98 Republicans and we aren't going away. And we will contiue to vote Republican. If this country is going to move forward, the hate has to stop. McCain has a track record of working across party lines and is a true moderate. All this hate comming from the Democrates convinces me more than ever he is the only true hope for America right now.
    ___________________________

    Question, why do you continue to vote the "party line." You are the same people who Voted for Bush because he was better than McCain. Then you voted for Bush again still believing that he was the best candidate, and look what you did. Your vote enabled America to what she is today. Thank you.

    Now you believe McCain is the best choice. If McCain wasn't good enough for you to vote for him when he was younger, still having that P.O.W status and his mind sharper. What makes you believe that he is better than Bush now?

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. charles

    84 years and up for re election good lord what on earth is going. he should have retired long time time ago. all these old timers need to take a rest. let young folks with fresh minds steer the country to new direction. as long as the old timers are roaming Washington its gona be a long time before any change takes place.

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Vote Nader

    Fran July 29th, 2008 1:26 pm ET

    Just part of the George Bush legacy. To all those people who laughed at sincere Americans counting chads, are you laughing now?

    GEORGE W. BUSH –The worst president in modern history. AL GORE, Nobel Prize Recipient, and great American.

    With $4.00 plus gas, foreclosures, high food prices, etc…who’s laughing now?

    Obama 08

    -------------------------------–

    I'd like to point out that your examples at the bottom only came about after the Democratic Party took control of Congress. Remember, Congress makes the laws and budget. The President can only suggest policy, and sign it in or not. It's all dependant on what Congress creates and/or ignores.

    I don't blame the Democratic Congress as the cause for all of those things. But they have done nothing about it other than try to blame the other Party. My guess is they think it will help them in the Fall. Probably will because liberals and the youth don't think things through.

    Vote out any incumbant and vote Nader. That's a start to solving our problems.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. OBAMA WINS GEORGIA

    WE ARE IN NEED OF MAJOR CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY. OBAMA WE NEED YOU NOW

    July 29, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Anne E.

    Not good enough - not until Bush, Cheney, et al. are ultimately indicted, charged, prosecuted, convicted, and dispensed with.
    All in the administration are men without scruples, without consciences, and without honor, integrity or morals.

    July 29, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Ken

    Boy, Jack 1:09, I'd want to change the subject too, if I were a [R]. However, you are right, this has little to do with the presidential candidates. But it has everything to do with your lying, thieving, child-molesting party...and the people like you who support such political depravity. Stevens is a shining example of the [R] party in 2008, and all you apologists for these [R] kooks are pathetic excuses for Americans.

    July 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. DJ in TX

    The "culture of corruption" of some in the Republican Party continues. Anybody else notice the report yesterday stating that some in the Justice Department based hiring on their political views? And was directly linked to Alberto Gonzales?

    It just seems to keep on pouring over the Republican party. The sad thing is, these few are defining the many. I would (as a Democrat) like to think there are many honorable people in the Republican party, but these things don't help the perception.

    July 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Dave

    Another corrupt Republican... There's a huge surprise!

    July 29, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Once again, a man of great EXPERIENCE in bilking the system...SOUND FAMILIAR?

    July 29, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    What are the odds that people will still vote for him in November??
    Anyone?? Anyone??

    July 29, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Esther Marie

    another one bites the dust and another and another

    July 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Tommy

    What do you expect with such a wonderful leader and role model like GWB? And the neo-clowns say that Bill Clinton was a bad role model for young people because of what he did in the WH. What does that make GWB, a good role model for young people who aspire to be criminals?

    July 29, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Tom in New Hope, MN

    Long term Republican. Why am I not surprised?

    July 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. CD

    Correction:

    That is why they wanted to lift the ban on protected areas on off-shore drilling! Thieves! Rogues! Bandits! Shameless Americans! Our blood dying in foreign lands is not enough for you and you need our money too. Republicans need to repent and be really born again. God help us all!

    July 29, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Liz from Atlanta, GA

    Since 1968. . . . hey Alaska, time to elect someone new. . . .

    Obama for president '08

    July 29, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. emtp JB

    Another Republican scumball! Good riddance!

    July 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. NORA, FLORIDA

    Another Republican Bites the dust. If the media keep their ears and eyes open, there are some more shady republicans in DC. This is why our country is falling to an all time low. With friends in Washington like those, who needs enemies???????

    July 29, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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