From Erika Bolstad in Washington D.C. --
Sen. Ted Stevens returned to work Wednesday morning as though he hadn't been indicted the day before -- although he had a bigger-than-usual crowd of reporters and photographers trailing him all day.
Stevens will be arraigned at 1 p.m. tomorrow in federal court here in Washington. Federal arraignment hearings are typically short, and about all that happens is that defendants face their charges and then are asked by a judge to enter a plea.
The senator appeared to be fairly well-received by his colleagues this morning, and he attended a committee meeting and then cast two votes. I and several other reporters followed him from the Senate chamber to his hideaway office, trying to get him to answer questions. I did ask if he intended to step down. As he kept walking, he just turned and looked at me and smiled. All he would say is that we were wasting our time following him around -- because he had put out a statement and was sticking to it.
Finally, there was some interesting chatter from other reporters covering the story and lurking in the hallways of the Capitol waiting for a glimpse of the senator. A Fox News producer said she got a camera crew to Stevens' lawyer's office Tuesday afternoon just in time to to catch the senator being driven there. Stevens waved at the camera crew on his way into the parking garage, the producer told me. (His lawyer's office is directly across from the McClatchy Washington Bureau on 12th Street in downtown Washington D.C.)