Just before federal prosecutors hold a news conference on his alleged scheme to bribe his way on to the Republican mayoral ballot, Sen. Malcolm Smith’s office released a statement saying he would be “vindicated” when the whole mess is sorted out.

This from spokesman Todd Shapiro:

The Senator has record of 13 years of dedication, hard work and integrity to the people he serves in Queens. He has provided to the heath, safety and well-being of the almost 20 million residents in New York. He will be vindicated when the all the facts in the case are revealed.