July 31st, 2007
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Cat and mouse on the Hill

Senator Ted Stevens, R-Alaska

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The day after federal agents raided his Alaska home, Republican Sen. Ted Stevens actively avoided reporters on Capitol Hill.

He finally appeared at the weekly GOP lunch, but slipped in a backdoor and back out down a back stairway in the Senate. But showing a great example of the game of cat and mouse often played by lawmakers and journalists, CNN's Ted Barrett and Dana Bash split up to catch the seven-term senator. Barrett was eying one door and Bash was around the corner. He saw Stevens slip out and gave Bash the head's up to run down a back way to find him. She slipped away from the pack of reporters and ran down to greet Stevens at the bottom of those stairs.

Stevens came down, saw Bash and turned around and started going back up the stairs. She said one of his aides tried to physically stop her from following him but she told her it was a public hallway. She followed Stevens back up the stairs asking him questions and he was furious.

Bash asked Stevens why federal agents went to his house and what they took. "Can you understand English? That's the only statement I'm going to make," Stevens said.

When Bash tried to ask again, he said: "I understand you're recording this, but I told you again, I made the statement, it's issued. And that's all I'm going to say!"

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    I suppose this is another "witch hunt" situation where there was no wrong doing, right??

    July 31, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. John, Ca.

    So much for 'Senator for life'!

    July 31, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. Patrick, Cincinnati,OH

    Can you say..... guilty?

    Of course you can!

    July 31, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    Here is a man that needed to be caught.He is one of the biggest crooks in Congress. I'm glad they caught him. He will be gone in the next term.

    July 31, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. Boss Hogg, Richmond, VA

    If only CNN would be as aggressive with Dem. Jefferson, or ask Mr. Reid about his land deals or Ms. Feinstein's involvement with getting military contracts steered toward her husbands company.Silly me, asking CNN to be "fair and balanced" doesnot fit their political agenda!

    August 1, 2007 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  6. CTurner

    Voters in Alaska must be bursting with pride over the behavior of their senior US senator. After seven terms, might it be time for change?

    August 1, 2007 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Kudos to Barrett and Bash, though it's particularly pathetic that such a chase had to happen in the first place.

    August 1, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Why am I laughing? I don't know. I am picturing Bash heading off the "good" senator as he tries to sneak off. When it comes to the media vs. the politicians, I'll put my money on the media every time. And I believe I typed this in English.
    Oh, here's a thought just for you CNN. Schedule an interview with Dr. Ron Paul. He won't run.

    August 1, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Katherine

    In how many languages would he like us to prove him guilty?

    August 1, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Jay Spenser, Seattle, WA

    Ted Stevens, Don Young, and the Murkowskis (father and daughter) have been an unmitigated environmental disaster for Alaska and the United States! These scumbucket Rethuglicans and their cronies and spawn (Ben Stevens, for example) have given Alaska the title of most corrupt state in the nation. It's high time that they see jail and Alaskans recover from this black eye. They deserve a fighting chance against Big Oil and other wealthy despoilers.

    August 1, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Sue Filutze, Idaho Falls, Id

    Well isn't that special, how dare anyone question King Stevens, he doesn't have to answer to anyone especially low life's like the press and public.Guess we all know where the bridge to nowhere went, right to his bank vault! Can't wait to see all of em swing, it's about dam time!

    August 1, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Ryan ~ Ny,

    If this Senator was guilty of some type of wrongdoing – he should be punished.

    Legitamite investigations are necessary. Whining US Attorneys (that are at-will employees, legally permitted to be fired at any time for essentially any reason) being investigated is called a witch-hunt.

    Or does the mere acussation these days suffice for "evidence"? Perhaps those Duke boys should be in jail regardless of the reckless unfounded actions of the DA?

    August 1, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  13. Larry Hutchinson, Flint Michigan.

    From Larry Hutchinson write-in Candidate for Mayor of Flint. It is interesting when political poll numbers are down ie.-Presidental, something tragic ie.-briges falling, always seem to happen. How would we know if this was the work of devil terrorist, the President could sipply claim Exective Privilege or say that it is a matter of National Security. Just my thoughts. Vote Hutchinson.

    August 4, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    A disjunctive statement sets up an alternative between two (perhaps more) conditions. Example: Either a person is now dead OR currently alive. Both of these cannot be true in the concrete sense. Mischief can come from this type of statement. The false choice between duties, properties or conditions is the most recognizable. Example: Salt is either white or crystalline (Actually, salt happens to be both of these).

    Malformed persuasive arguments depend upon conjoining items that don't NECESSARILY belong together and splitting items that do belong together. Logical arguments do not depend on these mistakes. So, while it is not possible to simply know everything, it is possible to know the FORM of that which can possibly be known.

    December 16, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |