Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Ted Stevens (R-AK) is enduring another chapter in the ongoing investigation of his dealings with certain constituents back in Alaska. In this episode, the FBI executed an exhaustive search of his home in the resort town of Girdwood AK. The investigation involves improvements made to the home back in 2000 with the involvement of VECO, an Alaskan energy company that has admitted to bribing local officials in the state.
Steven's son Ben, the president of the state senate, is widely believed to be one of the officials. Other than saying he paid for the renovations, Stevens is not commenting on the case, but is asking that his constituents to withhold judgment until all the facts are known. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have asked the Stevens be removed from all committee assignments pending resolution of the investigations.