Stevens Lashes Out in Radio Interview

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TPM Muckraker captured some great audio of Sen. Ted Stevens lashing out at constituents asking questions about his current legal predicament. To me, the last question was by far the most interesting. There’s a transcript of the last Q&A after the video.

Q: I’ve been following the news lately and they were mentioning that you supported an ethics bill in 1989 that Congress had passed, it was an amended ethics and government bill that said that members of Congress needed to disclose their financial reports, anything exceeding $200, and now your defense team is saying that’s unconstitutional, and I’m just wondering if you can talk to us Alaskans about how that’s unconstitutional in 2008 but in 1989 that was satisfactory. A: As I’ve said before, I haven’t seen that pleading, it was filed by my lawyers in Washington, they’ve been hired to do it- Q: OK well why don’t you give us your opinion, aside from what your lawyers are saying- A: I’m sorry I’m not going to give my opinion about what my lawyers have done that I haven’t read. So thank you very much, I don’t know who gave you that amendment, that question, but whoever gave you that question ask them.

That’s a pretty good question. From what I can tell, the Government Ethics Reform Act of 1989 passed the Senate by voice vote with an amendment attached. Also interesting, Sen. Stevens was an original cosponsor of the Ethics in Government Act of 1977, the law under which he is being prosecuted.

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  • Ravin

    I carefully listened to the tape.(RADIO INTERVIEW OF TED STEVENS, in citizen call in , as to ALASKA voters)
    So, where is Ted Steven’s full disclsoures on who was paying all of his legal bills, and that heretofore secret legal slush fund.(TIME CAME–and that is still in the dark)
    The tape shows the real Ted, one nasty dude, when he can’t hide behind his $ 1,000/ hour big sharky D C lawyers
    It was Stevens who decided to form a personal bond with Bill Allen, Alsaska’s biggest criminal, bribe con, and convict.
    So, where are all the disclosures on the secret contributors to the Steven’s legal defense slush fund.
    Is that one more loophole, to evade full sunshine, in so many of those, when ever Stevens is around things(his power on display for the Allen’s of the world)
    Listen to the tape, what an eye opener on what a nasty dude Stevens is, he has utter contempt for most ordinary citizens.(his utter contempt for American citizens was in full display–LISTEN TO THE TAPE).
    he will never ever again sit in the U S Senate as a U S Senator. Thank God for that. God bless those brave public servants who indicted him, now they will be destroyed in the sport that is played in D. C, as it is D. C corrupt world v AMERICA.