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Stevens: 'Cloud' finally 'removed'

From NBC's Pete Williams
Lawyers for Ted Stevens release this statement from him:

"I am grateful that the new team of responsible prosecutors at the Department of Justice has acknowledged that I did not receive a fair trial and has dismissed all the charges against me. I am also grateful that Judge Emmet G. Sullivan made rulings that facilitated the exposure of the government's misconduct during the last two years.

"I always knew that there would be a day when the cloud that surrounded me would be removed. That day has finally come.

Video: Stevens' attorney cites corruption and misconduct by prosecuters as reasons why the Justice Department dropped charges.

"It is unfortunate that an election was affected by proceedings now recognized as unfair. It was my great honor to serve the State of Alaska in the United States Senate for 40 years.

"I thank my wife Catherine, as well as my family, friends, and colleagues in the United States Senate who stood by me during this difficult period. I also want to thank the great number of Alaskans who offered their prayers and support.