US: Alaska Rep senator Ted Stevens guilty of corruption but not resigning (Updated)
The White House offers no comments on future of the convicted Alaska senator Ted Stevens as he dismisses the possibility of resignation. "Given that Senator Stevens has said that he's going to fight his conviction and that he is going to appeal, and that is his right to do -- since it's going to be a matter of ongoing litigation, we'll decline to comment for now," said spokeswoman Dana Perino on Tuesday. Orignial source at PressTV
Oil corruption tainted the political career of the most senior Republican in the country's senate, Ted Stevens. A US court convicted Stevens for failing to report $250,000 worth of "gifts" he claimed were never accepted. "The federal court in Washington DC convicted him on Monday of seven counts of making false statements on mandatory financial disclosure forms he filed between 1999 and 2006."
A US court has convicted the most senior Republican in the country's senate of failing to report $250,000 worth of gifts he received from an oil services company. Monday's verdict comes a week before Ted Stevens of Alaska, who has served in the senate since 1968, faces re-election for a seventh term in office.
Stevens, 84, is considered one of the most powerful Republicans in the US congress. The federal court in Washington DC convicted him on Monday of seven counts of making false statements on mandatory financial disclosure forms he filed between 1999 and 2006. Matthew Friedrich, the assistant US attorney-general, said: "These items were not disclosed on Senator Stevens's financial disclosure forms, which he filed under penalties of perjury." Political fallout: Under oath, Stevens insisted he had never accepted the gifts from the owner of oil services company VECO, who has benefited from the senator's work in congress. However, Stevens failed to explain details about home renovations or why he had not returned appliances and furniture given to him. The corruption trial began on September 22 and saw 24 government witnesses and 28 defence witnesses testify in court. Stevens testified in his own defence.
A sentencing hearing was set for February 26, the AFP news agency said, citing an unnamed court source. The conviction is likely to damage Sarah Palin, Alaska's governor and the Republican vice-presidential candidate, who had endorsed Stevens for re-election. Stevens had already been narrowly behind Mark Begich, his Democratic opponent, in opinion polls of registered voters.
He now risks losing his senate seat next week.