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

Source: Stevens to be indicted


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/29/art.stevens.gi.jpg caption="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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soundoff (336 Responses)
  1. EBC

    WHAT the HELL is going on in the Republican Party? I mean it appears more and more that they are nothing but dishonest crooks cheating their way into millions on the backs of me and many other Americans who are following the rules and obeying the laws, AND here you have another Republican abusing his political office on ALL levels for YEARS!!!!

    What the heck is going on America? HOW much more of this nonsense are we going to continue to make excuses for? These politicians are robbing us blind and smiling all the way to the bank!!!

    I honestly believe that it's a SAD DAY in our country when our own politicians have found a way to "CHEAT THE SYSTEM" knowing full well that if this an average American voter "beating" the system they would throw the book at us!!!

    Utterly unbelievable, totally disgraceful and just a clear sign of the "SAME OLD WASHINGTON POLITICS" nonsense that has been going on for decades!!!

    It's time we start cleaning house and getting RID of all these OLD FARTS who have been doing "dirt" for years and acting like "saints" in front of the cameras during election time!!

    It's time we Americans start getting rid of all those dirty rats!! There's something to be said about "OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW"!!!

    July 29, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. CJ

    Another corrupt conservative republican. I'll translate that, "Business as usual".

    July 29, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Ron,Berkeley,Ca.

    Why, are my comments always delayed,or should I say deleted? I would really like to know.

    July 29, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Pick Me! Pick Me!

    100 yrs in Iraq July 29th, 2008 2:00 pm ET

    ============and why is that these idiots keep get elected??


    It is because of the idiot voters that keep voting them in. Inbreeding is a bad thing.

    July 29, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Yupik1

    It's appropriate for Alaska to receive large amounts of Federal funding because so much resources are taken out of the State for use in the lower 48 like, copper, oil, gold, platinum, zinc, cod, salmon, crab, etc. The cost of living in Alaska is much, much higher than the rest of the U.S. Some of the outlying villages average over $7.00/gallon for heating fuel and gasoline.

    July 29, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Belle

    If you want to throw the Republicans out for corruption, then you MUST throw out the Democrats too! No matter who they are!

    July 29, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Jim CO

    Don't worry. He'll say he is a born again and all the honest little republicans will forgive him so he can run for president in 2012. Makes him just 88.

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

    175 DAYS AND COUNTING - OBAMA '08 AND '12!!!!

    July 29, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Tired of W, OH

    Come on, CNN! You need to cover this! No more free rides for McCain!

    McFlipFlop is at it again! After repeatedly saying that he would not raise taxes, McCain now says he will raise the payroll taxes if needed!

    No more trying to scare voters by saying that the Democrats are going to raise your taxes. McSame already broke his "read-my-lips" pledge.

    July 29, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. No McBama

    My comments do not like awaiting moderation
    OR censorship.

    I know that the use policy says the topic must be relevant, but why does it seem that centrist viewpoints or those from "3rd" parties vanish? the blog is full of Hater dribble. I thought this was the politics section, not the humor and entertainment.

    POST SOME REAL, THOUGHTFUL, REFERENCED posts!! If this is the level of dialog in the country, then we should just drop the farce of borders, let anyone in and let China cash out it's debt so that we can finally put the "Foreclosed" sign on America and just give up.

    July 29, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. dave g, minneapolis

    Your daddy was just funnin' you. The republicans haven't stood for honesty and integrity or smaller government for A LONG time (how old are you? 78?)

    My mommy was funnin' me about the democrats caring for people and trying to ensure that everyone got a fair shake...But, I'm not sure the've ever done that either.

    Both parties have gone so far left, right, and back again that I now know hope that they go the way of the Whigs, Federalists, Anti-federalists...to the history books.

    We need to return to the Constitution, people's rights and ACTUAL smaller government.

    Barr '08

    July 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Mike Dallas

    Don't bring him to trial before November, otw Bush will pardon him.

    July 29, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. Slappy White

    It's Karma.

    For Stevens not making those oil executives swear an oath to tell the truth before they testified in front of his Senate committee back in 2006.

    In Washington DC, Ted Stevens and Dick Cheney have been the biggest reasons the oil companies have been allowed to bend you over and screw you at the gas pump since 2001.

    July 29, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Mike Dallas

    Has he ever been in the same room as Bush? If so he will claim executive privilege and avoid the trial.

    July 29, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Matt--NE

    Good Riddance.

    Republicans get rid of the lawbreakers.

    democrats simply make excuses for them and move along.

    July 29, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  16. Jesse

    Washington is terrible. We need CHANGE IN WASHINGTON!

    July 29, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Sheri

    Doesn't surprise me. Washington is CORRUPT. Change is on the way!


    July 29, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. zeke

    looking at the other ticker: Why isnt Obama Doing Better in the Polls? Could it be that maybe the Republicans have brought a decient candidate to the table as well??? Shhhh!!! Don't tell anyone

    July 29, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Jim in Orlando

    And the Dems all sing "Another corrupt Republican".

    Corrupt he is, and he needs to be thrown out.

    But where are the same Dems on "Cold cash Jefferson" ... LOL

    July 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Sane John

    "Hey you libs want to exploit scandal ; how about a little equal time for Sen Edwards and his love affair? Seems as there is a little one sided blow by here!"

    If it isn't illegal and doesn't cost me money I don't care. Ted Stevens swindled the country out of millions. Edwards supposedly sleeping around doesn't hit the radar in terms of importance.

    July 29, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. judge Huck

    another sad, pathetic republican story...culture of corruption, when does it stop...

    July 29, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. texas DEM

    Democrats are going to rule this country for the next 20 years.

    Hope the rich like taxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vice president clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |


    July 29, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Anonymous in CO

    What took so long!!!

    Typical Republican – take from the poor and make yourself rich!

    He'll probably not serve a day in prison just like John McCain didn't for his involvement in the Keating 5 bank scandal that cost the American taxpayer's millions!

    Wake up people – Republicans only value the rich and powerful not the average hard working Amercian.

    July 29, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. William Courtland, Waterford, ON

    how hard is it to prove bribery? Article II, section 4

    July 29, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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