July 29th, 2008
03:33 PM ET
12 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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  1. Denise Groves

    He must have had his head buried in the sand. I knew about the trouble he is in from TPM

    July 29, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. America for Truth

    Again, its another crooked Republican getting caught supporting big corporation in a illegal way. The illusion and deception game. I wonder what Purdent Murdoch and Fox News has to say about this one.

    July 29, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. popeye

    Stevens is another political dinosaur taking his last breath.
    Like it or not, it is time for newer generations to take over.
    Inouye also better be looking over his shoulder at the youngsters running up behind him.

    July 29, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Marge Hibbing Mn

    This guy is crooked as they come. He stole money from his Insurance customers and bankrupted the company...seems like that's a republican "thang" the bush brothers did it to the savings and loans companies.

    Inouye would have been indicted and send to jail but the politicans in OK got him off. AND TO BEAT ALL...a few years later he ran for congress and wonders of wonders he won. That's a republican area for you. They don't give a darn how crooked you are as long as you are a republican. Kinda reminds me of the reason the democratic nominaee won the southern states primaries.

    July 29, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Voter

    Rumors have been flying about this guy for several YEARS.

    Surprised? Really?

    The only surprise is that the Bush Administration didn't cover it up.

    July 29, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. al



    July 29, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. EBC

    Sen. Inoye,

    MOST crooks ARE surprised when they are indicted. DAH, I mean these dirty RATS always think they can CHEAT the American people and lined their greedy pockets at the same time.

    I have NO sympathy for any politicians who are corrupt while in office. Bottom line. There are NO excuses, NO exceptions!!!

    Congress and the Senate expects the "average" Joe Smith to follow the laws and HERE you have a member of the Senate getting RICH of the HOG!!! Get outta HERE with all this rubbish.

    They ALL say "I'm not guilty".... like it's some sort of banner that frees them from the truth. I mean, it's ironic just how much crap these politicians start believing themselves! They start believing they are ABOVE THE LAW!!

    It's time to start cleaning house of all those OLD dirty rats!! It's time we as a nation START demanding our politicians BEHAVE and ADHERE TO THE LAWS, just like everyone else does.

    July 29, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Kanawah

    Only because of his arrogance could he have not known it was coming.
    If he is guilty of half of what he is accused of, he should spend the rest of his life in jail.

    July 29, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. Raymond Duke

    Of course all these crooks are going to hang together. They don't want all this bad publicity to get out and upset their gravy train bowl. How do you think that they get re-elected all the time and no one has enough funds to run against them regardless of which party they belong to. Heck look at Obama . He has stated that he is going to spend 20 million dollars on pandering to the Hispanics "saying he will run amenisty down the throats of americans if elected".

    July 29, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Enough ALready!!!!!

    Enough on Stevens Please!!!

    July 29, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Travis

    Imagine surprised.....surprised like most Reflipicans...he got caught

    July 29, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. Wayne, Greenville TX

    He's sure to be even more surprised when he's found guilty and spends the rest of his sorry life in prison. He should forfeit his senatorial pension.

    July 29, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  13. PaulC

    I have no doubt he was surprised by the indictment and I also have no doubt that he is guilty. How do they become multimillionaires from only their salary? Only a very small amount of the larceny by our Representatives is punished.

    July 29, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Yes, when one is living in the state of denial the truth can be surprising.

    Come on 60!

    July 29, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Ms. White

    surprise he actully was indicted ....try that for size

    July 29, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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