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Ted Stevens' Son on Investigation: "We're Big Fish"

Ben Stevens, the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) created one of the stranger twists in a smoldering Alaska public corruption investigation, Friday, calling into a local radio show to accuse federal prosecutors of a "public stoning" of the Stevens family.

The younger Stevens, a former state senator who has been accused of taking $240,000 in no-show consulting payments while performing legislative favors for an energy company, called into a show hosted by local political chat show personality Dan Fagan. Click here to listen to the entire exchange on the Anchorage Daily News web site. It is quite long, so Capitol Briefing will give a quick summary of the highlights.

Stevens told Fagan that he called because he heard Fagan "bashing my dad about how I was conceived." Fagan denied making the comment that Stevens said was "over the line."

Ben Stevens declined to address any specifics about his own case involving Bill Allen, the former CEO of VECO Inc. who pleaded guilty in May to bribing Stevens and several other state legislators. [His lawyer was never heard on the call so presumably was not present while the radio interview occurred.]

Allen testified last month in the trial of one of those legislators, who was convicted last week, that Ben Stevens took $4,000 a month in consulting fees which were really bribes for his help on legislation from 2002 through 2006. Allen -- who is now a cooperating witness for the Justice Department -- also testified he personally oversaw the massive reconstruction of Ted Stevens' home in Girdwood just outside Anchorage.

"All I'm gonna say is Bill Allen's unpredictable," Ben Stevens said, suggesting that Allen was not telling the full truth.

Ben Stevens did not give up any new details in the case but repeatedly vented his anger at the federal investigation, which is being run by a pair of seasoned prosecutors from the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section. Here are some highlights:

• On his father: "He's been investigated numerous times. ... He's going to do what needs to be done. ... He's not going to do anything they want him to do, and I'm not going to do anything they want me to do." [This would appear to be a reference to possible plea deals.]

• On whether he anticipates being indicted: "I don't anticipate, anything like that, big man. You just live day to day. I didn't do anything wrong. ... This is like a public stoning of people."

• On his relationship with his father: "It's fine, I talk to him all the time. I got an e-mail from him this morning."

• On the motivations for investigating the two Stevens: "There's no question they're targeting us. We're big fish in their mind. He's a big, big fish, big man. I'm just a little, you know, guppy."

• On his accusations of prosecutorial ambitions and inappropriate leaks from the Public Integrity prosecutors in Washington: "We all know the innate characteristics of prosecutors; let's just put it that way. They're not from Alaska. When's somebody going to take a question and say, what are these guys, these prosecutors from out of the state, coming up here and doing this? Why is it that information is leaked out of Washington, D.C., and then comes back to Alaska?"


By Paul Kane  |  October 1, 2007; 6:15 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Wait a minute...this is the same Sen. Stevens who hijacked the Congresional hearings on gasoline prices a little while ago, waisting taxpayer time, money and opprtunity to learn truth... The same Sen. Stevens whom we know as the foremost pork rancher in the US gov't?... The same Sen. stevens who shamelessly kowtows to corporate bribes with wanton disregard for the public good? The same Sen. Stevens who thinks nothing of enriching himself at the expense of the American people and the honor of the US Senate?
This man my be the best father the world has ever known and a swell guy to boot. BUT, he is endemic of the worst of what faces America from within today: corruption of gov't officials and violation of the public trust.
It will, unfortunately for his friends and family, be a great day for America and our future when he is sent to prison.

Posted by: Marc | October 1, 2007 7:03 PM | Report abuse

THE PEOPLE WOULD BE IN JAIL! THEY'D HAD LOST THEIR HOUSES, ASSETS AND BE UNDER THE JAIL!

HOW COME THEY ARE STILL FREE....AND HOW COME THEY HAVEN'T LOST THEIR FREEDOM LIKE MILLIONS OF AMERICAN'S SITTING IN OUR OVERCROWDED JAILS AND PRISONS, MANY OF WHOM SHOULDN'T EVEN BE IN JAIL!

YET WHEN YOU HAVE MONEY AND POWER YOU GET TO GO FREE!

....THIS IS INJUSTICE AT ITS WORSE....

..."TRUE PATRIOTISM HATES INJUSTICE IN ITS OWN LAND MORE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE."
---CLARENCE DARROW

Posted by: TOMMY BIRCHFIELD | October 1, 2007 9:06 PM | Report abuse

If he isn't guilty, why won't he discuss the case?

Posted by: capemh | October 2, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

"If he isn't guilty, why won't he discuss the case? "
Once you hire a lawyer to be your representative, you have a professional working on your behalf who is familiar with the relevant aspects of the law. Anyone with any sense, when in that position, would be smart enough to allow their lawyer to do the talking about any and all aspects of your case, for no better reason than the lawyer wants to have control over how your side of the case is represented.
Choosing to not discuss the details of your case, is NOT an admission of guilt and to suggest otherwise is, with all due respect, ignorant.

Posted by: Patrick Huss | October 2, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

So many of these corrupt, greedy, lying, elected officials (those are their best points) are using the Constitution as toilet paper and laughing at the public while they do it. Get the hook and put them where they can get a new look on life, in a jail cell where they can get stoned and abused by the same ilk.

Posted by: Tim Derflinger | October 2, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Sir: We hang the petty thieves, and elect the great ones to high office.

Posted by: crafter48@netscape.com | October 3, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Sir; We hang the petty thieves, and elect the great ones to high office.

Posted by: crafter48@netscape.com | October 3, 2007 8:27 AM | Report abuse

BY THE WAY IS THIS THE SAME TED STEVEN THAT SIT AT THE HEARING WT/ SENATOR MARY LANDREIU AND COMPLAINTED ABOUT THE HURRICANE KATRINA VICTUMS RECEIVING CASH
MONEY FOR THEIR LOST OF THERE HOMES IN LOUISIANA, I HOPE HE ENDS UP IN JAIL WHERE HE BELONGS.

Posted by: dimple777 | October 3, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

For the longest time I have been waiting for our illustrious Mr. Stevens to be placed in jail that I have become somewhat impatient at the slowness of the investigation. He is a beautiful replication of the folks that serve our country (really themselves) known as a Republican. For all of us out here in Americaland, seeing and hearing and smelling the stench of people like Stevens and his son makes us nod our heads in the secure knowledge that finally, finally, law is returning to the Justice Dept. and oversight of Congress has returned from the dead. Thank you electorate for banishing enough Republicans to make this happen. It's too bad we were all fooled for so long a time in thinking and believing that the GOP was honorable when in fact thay truly are the party of corruption.

Posted by: nononsense1 | October 3, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Teddy is the man. It's a great dis-service to our nation when someone says this great man is a crook. When someone as amazing as Stevens is brought up on charges, everyone knows the left is behind it. Whats the story with the guy from Louisiana, the Democrat? Whats the deal with Feinstein? Stevens is innocent I tell ya, hes innocent! Leave Ted alone! --I sit crying like the Britney Spears loser on youtube--

Posted by: Fear-N-Loathing | October 4, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

This crap, just keeps getting better and better. First a Gay Senator, another one who like to hang around hookers, Foley likes young boy and Stevens and his son.
How crazy can this politicans get?
Where are there morals....

Posted by: Louis Levario | October 4, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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