FBI Raids Alaska Senator's Home

Feds probe politician's ties to oil contractor in corruption probe
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2007 4:39 AM CDT
FBI Raids Alaska Senator's Home
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington in this April 12, 2007 file photo .Agents from the FBI and Internal Revenue Service on Monday, July 30, 2007, searched the home of Stevens, an official said. (AP Photo/Lauren...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – FBI and IRS agents raided the vacation home of Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska yesterday, seeking records of his relationship with a oil field contractor jailed in a corruption probe,  AP reports. The contractor profited from  tens of millions of dollars in federal contracts and also supervised the renovation of Stevens' home, more than doubling its size.  

Stevens, 83, is the longest serving Republican in Senate history.  "This investigation should proceed to its conclusion without any appearance that I have attempted to influence its outcome, " Stevens said.  The contractor has confessed to bribing state lawmakers. (Read more FBI stories.)

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