ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 01, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Issue of role of Attorney General Edwin Meese in development of Iraqi oil pipeline deal, including bribery of Israeli official so pipeline would not be Israeli target, reported Report introduced.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Stmt. by Meese to reporters reported [MEESE - says feels compelled to make public statement on pipeline project; says had no stake in deal.] Stmt. by Meese that he set up meeting between friend E. Robert Wallach and then-ntl. security advisor Robert McFarlane, that he talked about plan with Shimon Peres in 1985 but made no payoff, that he didn't read whole Wallach-Meese memo reported [MEESE - denies memo mentions bribes.] Legal issues facing Meese detailed. [President REAGAN - responds with "no comment" about Meese.] Indep. cnsl. reported ready to press Wallach about deal.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Background to Meese's problems detailed: his 1984 Senator confirmation, his role in Wedtech Corporation case also involving lobbying efforts of Wallach for government defense contracts, his 1987 financial disclosure investigation with regard to Meese's limited blind partnership, his role in Iran/Contra affair, his role in telephone deregulation investigation and his role with regard to wife, Ursula's, letter to federal judge sited.
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