ABC Evening News for Saturday, May 16, 1987
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(Studio: Kathleen Sullivan) President Reagan's defense of his cabinet appts. despite investigations of many, include Attorney General Edwin Meese, noted.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Investigation of Meese's ties with Wedtech Corp., itself under investigation, examined; details given, scenes shown. [1984, REAGAN - praises Wedtech chairperson John Mariotta.] Allegations against Wedtech reviewed. [Former Small Bus. Admin. director Michael CARDENAS - recalls Wedtech's threats to him about White House support for company] Cardenas said claiming pressure on him to give Wedtech favorable consideration came from aides to former White House member Lyn Nofziger. Nofziger noted among those included in inquiry. Basis of independent cnsl. James McKay's investigation of Meese's relationship with Wedtech reviewed. [MEESE - professes ignorance.] Concern over timing of Wedtech's Army contract and White House meeting with corp. officials arranged by Meese's aide James Jenkins and his attorney Bob Wallach explained; Jenkins noted later becoming Wedtech executive while Wallach profited financially from Wedtech in stock and legal fees. Meese's investment business with Wedtech director in 1985 outlined on screen. [Representative Gerry SIKORSKI - considers case one of collapse of ethical judgment; wants Meese to resign.]