From NBC's Mark Murray
The Alaska senator just released this statement: "I have proudly served this nation and Alaska for over 50 years. My public service began when I served in WWII. It saddens me to learn that these charges have been brought against me. I have never knowingly submitted a false disclosure form required by law as a US senator."
"In accordance with Senate Republican Conference Rules, I have temporarily relinquished my vice chairmanship and ranking positions until I am absolved of these charges. The impact of these charges on my family disturbs me greatly. I am innocent of these charges and intend to prove that."
*** UPDATE *** Here's the statement from Ted Stevens' opponent in the US Senate race, Mark Begich, mayor of Anchorage:
"The indictment of Senator Ted Stevens is a sad day for Alaska and for the senator after his 40 years of service to our state. The people of Alaska are resilient and strong. I have great faith in our state and our people, and we will continue to move forward."