This was sent out a little before 5 p.m. Alaska time from Stevens office:
I am pleased that the Judge has set a speedy trial date, which should allow ample time for a decision before the general election. I am looking forward to this trial as a way of finally showing the truth – that I am innocent.
We have a Bill of Rights and a trial by jury in our country to protect our citizens – so that every person has their day in court.
I am humbled by all the outpouring of support, expressions of friendship, and offers of prayers. This process has lasted for more than a year, causing great distress to my family and confusing the Alaskans who have put their trust in me for more than 40 years.
When all the facts come out at the trial, Alaskans will know that I continue to be a dedicated public servant and that I am working hard for them every day.