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Sen Stevens indicted

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by joseephuss, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I am sure they could indict many leaders in the Senate and House and I wish they would.


    GOP Senator accused of making false statements

    By LARA JAKES JORDAN – 20 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and a figure in Alaska politics since before statehood, was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of failing to disclose thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home.

    Stevens, the first sitting U.S. senator to face federal indictment since 1993, has been dogged by a federal investigation into his home renovation project and whether he pushed for fishing legislation that also benefited his son, an Alaska lobbyist.

    From May 1999 to August 2007, prosecutors said, the 84-year-old senator concealed "his continuing receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of things of value from a private corporation."

    The indictment unsealed Tuesday says the items included: home improvements to his vacation home in Alaska, including a new first floor, garage, wraparound deck, plumbing, electrical wiring; as well as a Viking gas grill, furniture and tools. He also was accused of failing to report swapping an old Ford for a new Land Rover to be driven by one of his children.

    Justice Department officials were holding a news conference later Tuesday to discuss the charges against Stevens.

    Messages left at both Stevens' Senate office in Washington and his campaign office in Anchorage were not immediately returned. His attorney also did not return calls.

    Prosecutors said Stevens "took multiple steps to continue" receiving things from oil services company VECO Corp., and its founder, Bill Allen. At the time, the indictment says, Allen and other VECO employees were soliciting Stevens for "multiple official actions .... knowing that Stevens could and did use his official position and his office on behalf of VECO during that same time period."

    VECO's requests included funding and other aid for the oil services company's projects and partnerships in Pakistan and Russia. It also included federal grants from several agencies — as well as help in building a national gas pipeline in Alaska's North Slope Region, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Washington.
  2. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    If we start indicting every Washington politician who has taken payoffs, inappropriate favors/consideration from corps and lobbying interests, we will need to hold special elections in all 50 states. No that there's anything wrong with that.

    COWBOYSNUM1 Active Member

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    Do you mean 57 states?....signed OBAMA :D

    Wasn't this the guy behind "the bridge to nowhere"? :eek:
  4. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    You're right. There are in fact 57 states.

    BTW, Obama says he's in favor of additional stimulus checks just today. Wonder why he might say that leading up to an election? I can't figure it out...
  5. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Yes, he is "the bridge to nowhere" guy. He also believes the internet is a series of tubes.
  6. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    :lmao2:I forgot about the tubes comment, didn't it involve dump trucks too?
  7. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    For the good of the party, he should resign. McCain, if he's smart, will jump all over this guy.

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