Larry Craig

Here is what has happened since Sen. Craig's arrest in June

JUNE 11, 2007

Craig is arrested in a Minneapolis airport restroom and charged with interference with privacy and disorderly conduct.


Craig returns to the airport and asks about the status of his case. Officers say he is "agitated and demeaning."


Craig contacts prosecutor Chris Renz to ask about procedures. It is the first of several calls between the two in June and July.


Craig calls Renz and asks about his options. Renz says Craig can plead guilty to disorderly conduct, and the more severe charge would be dismissed. Craig is "calm and methodical" in the conversations, the court said. Renz tells Craig to consult an attorney and agrees to mail him the plea petition.


The original date of Craig's arraignment, but Renz agrees to move it back to Aug. 8.


Craig again calls Renz with more questions. Renz returns the call four days later with answers.

AUG. 3

Craig calls Renz to say he has signed and mailed the plea, which is dated Aug. 1.

AUG. 8

Judge Gary Larson accepts the plea agreement in a hearing that Craig chooses not to attend.

AUG. 27

Roll Call breaks the news of Craig's arrest.


Craig announces that he intends to resign by Sept. 30. Later, it is revealed through a misdialed phone message that he used those words intentionally to give himself the possibility of staying.

SEPT. 10

Craig's legal team files motion to reverse his guilty plea, saying he was in a "state of fear" that forced him into a decision when he didn't understand the consequences.

SEPT. 26

Judge Porter hears arguments on Craig's motion. Again, Craig does not attend.

OCT. 4

Porter rules against Craig for several reasons, including the assertion that Craig had plenty of time to make a clear-headed decision. Craig announces he will stay in the Senate until the end of his term.

OCT. 13

In a ceremony planned before the news of Craig's arrest broke, he is admitted into the Idaho Hall of Fame, saying to his fellow inductees, "I hope in a very sincere way that the attention brought to me has not lessened the honor you are about to receive tonight."

OCT. 16

Craig and his wife, Suzanne, appear on a nationally televised interview, once again claiming his innocence and accusing the Republicans who turned on him quickly of "gladiator politics." "I don't just walk away from a fight," Craig says.


Craig begins to assume a more public role in the Senate. Republican leaders reach out for his vote, he attempts to amend the Farm Bill, a global warming measure and more. He and Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo block President Bush's nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

JAN. 8, 2008

Craig's attorneys file a brief with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, saying the court erred when it didn't let him withdraw his guilty plea.

FEB. 13

The Senate Ethics Committee issues a "Public Letter of Admonition," saying Craig engaged in "improper conduct reflecting discreditably on the Senate." Craig says he disagrees with the panel's conclusions, but that he will continue to serve the people of Idaho.

Statesman staff