From NBC's Ken Strickland
Reacting to today's decision by the Justice Department to withdraw the indictment against Ted Stevens, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy says the move shows Attorney General Eric Holder "is committed to the rule of law, regardless of politics."
In a written statement, Leahy says, "the new Attorney General has sent an unequivocal message that prosecutions of any kind, whether against Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or others, must be done right, and in accordance with the law."
The chairman added that confidence in the justice system can only be preserved when prosecutors "adhere to the most stringent legal and ethical standards. This decision should give all Americans confidence that the Justice Department will pursue public corruption investigations and prosecutions aggressively but fairly."