Ted Stevens avoided eye contact with onetime buddy Bill Allen as the former oil exec detailed his company’s renovations on the senator’s home, the Wall Street Journal reports. Allen says he received thank-you notes from Stevens saying, “You owe me a bill. … It just has to be done right,” but that a mutual friend dismissed them and said, “Ted's just covering his ass.”
Allen also admitted asking Stevens to lobby officials for favorable projects. He’s the key witness in the prosecution’s case that the 84-year-old Alaska Republican took $250,000 in gifts from Veco and used his office to help Allen’s company. For his cooperation, Allen says he may get a lesser sentence in his own bribery case, and investigators promised “not to mess” with his children.