"White House may still take indicted Sen. Ted Stevens on Bush’s Alaska trip."
On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) was indicted “on seven counts of failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in services from an oil services company that helped renovate his home.” During the White House press briefing today, a reporter asked Press Secretary Dana Perino if Stevens’ is still “invited” to travel with the President on his upcoming trip to Alaska. Perino replied that the invitation “did not change” with Stevens’ indictment:
Q It’s my understanding that Senator Stevens was invited to go along to Alaska on Monday night, and I wonder if that invitation still stands, or if he’s accepted it, if he’s planning to go?
MS. PERINO: I don’t know if he is going to be going on that trip, but protocol is that any member of a state is invited to travel with the President, and that did not change in his case.