Breaking: Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) indicted on seven criminal counts.

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In a few minutes, the Department of Justice will announce that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) has been indicted on seven criminal counts. MSNBC’s Pete Williams reported that Stevens will be charged by the department’s Public Integrity section for making false statements to federal investigators relating to ongoing corruption probes. Watch it:

Last July, the FBI raided Stevens’ house. The senator is being investigated for doling out earmarks to his friends, among other abuses of his public office.


The indictment can be found here.


,The indictment charges Stevens with “falsely reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in services he received from a company that helped renovate his home. …From May 1999 to August 2007, prosecutors said Stevens concealed ‘his continuing receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of things of value from a private corporation.'”


,PBS has a timeline of the Alaska corruption scandal here.


,Professing his innocence in a statement, Stevens said, “I have temporarily relinquished my vice-chairmanship and ranking positions until I am absolved of these charges.”


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