Ted Stevens Indicted (Updated)

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It’s not an investigation, it’s a series of charges. Huge story. Longest serving Republican senator Ted Stevens indicted on seven counts. More soon.

Seven counts of making false statements.

PDF of Stevens Indictment.

Lying on his personal financial disclosure forms.

Accepted gifts and labor from VECO in the renovation of his Girdwood, Alaska home and lied about it on his personal financial disclosure forms from 1999-2006.

A key paragraph in the indictment is paragraph 17. It appears to allege a quid pro quo in the exchange of gifts, for which he is being charged for lying about. The DOJ is saying that there is no allegation of quid pro quo in the indictment.

17. It was a part of the scheme that STEVENS, while during that same time period that he was concealing his continuing receipt of things of value from ALLEN and VECO from 1999 to 2006, received and accepted solicitations for multiple official actions from ALLEN and other VECO employees, and knowing that STEVENS could and did use his official position and his office on behalf of VECO during that same time period. These solicitations for official action, some of which were made directly to STEVENS, included the following topics: (a) funding requests and other assistance with certain international VECO projects and partnerships, including those in Pakistan and Russia; (b) requests for multiple federal grants and contracts to benefit VECO, its subsidiaries, and its business partners, including grants from the National Science Foundation to a VECO subsidiary; and (c) assistance on both federal and state issues in connection with the effort to construct a natural gas pipeline from Alaska’s North Slope Region.

For some background watch this video from Josh Marshall and TPMtv (only the first half matters, the rest has to do with Larry Craig):

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  • Dem02020

    I think the Internet News Wire is great, for its lightning-quick speed, and for its near global reach (in lightning-quick time), and for the breadth and depth of the information that News Wire can and does carry.

    Having seen these reports of the indictment only just 30 minutes or so ago, on the New York Times’ web pages; and having seen the first spin of the matter just minutes ago, on Politico.com (a spin that emphasizes “federal criminal charges accusing him of failing to disclose”: that’s from a Kady and Bresnahan by-lined article titled “Ted Stevens indicted on 7 counts”, the emphasis which I refer to being on “disclosure”)…

    And so now here on Sunlight, I have a pdf. file of the indictment itself; and not having read it yet, I have also the above analysis that the indictment does contain information of “quid pro quo”, or of an exchange of favors services gifts money or influence…

    [From Article 17 in the indictment, as excerpted above, and abridged here below] “…STEVENS… received and accepted solicitations for multiple official actions from ALLEN and other VECO employees… and did use his official position and his office on behalf of VECO… These solicitations for official action, some of which were made directly to STEVENS, included the following topics: (a) funding requests… (b) requests for multiple federal grants and contracts to benefit VECO… and (c) assistance on both federal and state issues in connection with the effort to construct a natural gas pipeline from Alaska‚Äôs North Slope Region.”

    QUID PRO QUO, or services rendered in exchange, or influence of Office provided, in exchange for whatever gifts or other “things of value” were not “disclosed” upon receipt.

    It’s not about mere “disclosure” (as the spin will immediately try and imply): it’s about a U.S. Senator selling the influence of his Office, and corrupting U.S. Law (yes, even Appropriations and budget measures are U.S. Law) in exchange for what, a home not merely fine or grand, but one worthy of being profiled in Town & Country?

    Mere chump change indeed, for selling out the greatest power there is in America: the power of the Law, and of writing it.

    It’s not about “dislosure” or “making false statements” (which is already the spin), it’s about Article 17 in the indictment, excerpted above and as part of the full indictment itself, provided also above as a .pdf file.

    Thanks for that, Sunlight.

    It makes me feel that I was just wasting my time, looking at the New York Times in this matter (actually no: I like them), and wasting my time getting Politco.com’s take in the matter (which also wasn’t a waste of time, as they tipped me heavily toward what the spin on this matter will be: “disclosure”).

    The Internet News Wire is great.