Alaska Political News

Murkowski wants pardon for Stevens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sen. Lisa Murkowski has made a request with President George W. Bush to pardon former Sen. Ted Stevens, Channel 2 News learned Sunday.

Stevens was convicted in October on seven felony counts of lying on Senate disclosure forms. He lost a subsequent re-election bid to Sen. Mark Begich.

Murkowski’s spokesperson, Mike Brumas, confirmed the request in an e-mail to Channel 2 News, writing, “In answer to you question, yes Sen. Murkowski has requested that President Bush pardon former Sen. Stevens. I can’t provide any further details at this time due to the sensitive nature of the issue.”

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