After his indictment by federal prosecutors on seven charges of making false statements, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) released a statement late Tuesday afternoon announcing that he had resigned from his ranking committee posts and declaring his innocence.
I have proudly served this nation and Alaska for over 50 years. My public service began when I served in World War II. It saddens me to learn that these charges have been brought against me, Stevens said. I have never knowingly submitted a false disclosure form required by law as a U.S. Senator.
Stevens added: In accordance with Senate Republican Conference rules, I have temporarily relinquished my vice-chairmanship and ranking positions until I am absolved of these charges.
The impact of these charges on my family disturbs me greatly. I am innocent of these charges and intend to prove that.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.