WASHINGTON (AP) _ Alaska Senator Ted Stevens says he's ``innocent of these charges'' and he intends to prove that.
The nation's longest-serving Republican senator was indicted Tuesday on seven felony counts. He's accused of concealing more than a quarter of a million dollars in house renovations and gifts from a powerful oil contractor that lobbied him for government aid.
In a statement, Stevens says he has ``proudly served this nation and Alaska for over 50 years.'' He says it ``saddens'' him to learn about the charges, and says he has ``never knowingly submitted a false disclosure form required by law as a U.S. senator.''
Stevens is accused of lying on his annual Senate financial disclosure reports between 1999 and 2006. The indictment that caps a lengthy FBI investigation that has upended Alaska politics.
Stevens' indictment further damages Republican prospects in the November election. Stevens is up for re-election.
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