ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 05, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: John Martin) Stmt. by Doug. Ginsburg, recently nomination to Supreme Court by President Reagan, on his use of marijuana while student and as law professor at Harvard Univ., quoted. Attorney General Edwin Meese's comments on Ginsburg's stmt. quoted. Drug revelation noted shaking up Ginsburg's already shaky nom.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Issues of Ginsburg's use of marijuana and fact that Reagan administration not told about it when considering Ginsburg as nominee reported Officials noted worried about more facts coming to light from Ginsburg's past. Meese's advice to pick Ginsburg over other possible choice, Anthony Kennedy, supported by White House chief of staff Howard Baker, recalled. FBI checks of Ginsburg noted still not completed.
(DC: Brit Hume) Reaction to news on Capitol Hill noted not unfavorable. Democrat Senators Jeff Bingaman, Tim. Wirth and Dale Bumpers noted not offended by marijuana use issue. Public reaction to issue said awaited.
(Studio: Peter Jennings, Sam Donaldson) Reporter's feeling that issue is major problem because opponents of Ginsburg will use marijuana-use issue as a hook against him and that it shows White House did not do their homework on Ginsburg's background stated.
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