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Colin Powell calls Stevens honest

October 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' word "sterling" at the senator's corruption trial.

Federal prosecutors have accused Stevens of lying on Senate documents about more than $250,000 in renovations to his Alaska cabin and other gifts from Bill J. Allen, former head of the oil services company VECO Corp.

Powell testified Friday that he's known Stevens well for 25 years. The former Army general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there has never been any suggestion that Stevens "would do anything that was improper." In Army infantry talk, Powell said Stevens is a man "you take on a long patrol."

In cross-examination, Powell said he didn't know anything about the case against Stevens.

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