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Sen. Ted Stevens' remodeling job part of FBI Alaska probe
Posted by David Postman at 10:34 AM
The Anchorage Daily News has the story this morning about the FBI's interest in work done on Stevens' home south of Anchorage. The investigation involves the role of Veco, the oil field service company already implicated in the widening Alaska corruption scandal.
Richard Mauer writes:
Three contractors who worked on the project said in recent interviews with the Daily News that the FBI asked them to turn over their records from the job. One said he was called to testify about the project before a federal grand jury in Anchorage in December.
And it's all on the record with names attached:
Last year, some six years after the project was completed, Paone said, "the FBI came over to me and I gave them all the paperwork I had on it." When he was questioned by the FBI, he said, agents seemed particularly interested in Veco and its officials. The government already had copies of most of his invoices on the Stevens home, having obtained them from Veco files, he said.
The senator's son, former state Sen. Ben Stevens, has already been named in the corruption scandal. His office was one of six lawmakers' office raided by federal agents last year. Ben Stevens has not been charged. But the plea agreement with Veco officials say ben Stevens improperly took money from the company for lobbying fellow lawmakers and other questionable chores.
It sure seemed like the feds were working hard to keep Stevens from having any influence. An investigation that came even close to Ben Stevens was certainly a matter of some sensitivity for the Administration. Wev Shea, a former Republican U.S. Attorney in Alaska, told me at the time that he was confident that the raids on Ben Stevens' office and the others likely didn't happen until President Bush himself was briefed and gave his OK.
Today's Daily News story says that one of the contractor's on Ted Stevens' home remodeling testified before a grand jury in December. What I wonder is whether at the time Stevens was cut out of selecting a U.S. attorney whether the feds already knew that the senator could become involved in the case.