Congressman Young officially under federal criminal investigation

A source with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press today that Congressman Don Young faces a criminal investigation. Young joins Senator Ted Stevens as a federal investigation target — Stevens has acknowledged he has been told to preserve records of a house remodeling project involving VECO, the Anchorage-based oil field service company. A federal law enforcement source said Young was under scrutiny and that part of the inquiry involves his campaign finance practices, an element that would be investigated in Washington rather than in Alaska. The investigation was first reported late last night by the Wall Street Journal on its Web site. Young’s spokesperson said his office would not discuss the investigation.

The Associated Press (read by Lori Townsend, APRN)