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Justice Department / Resignations / Meese #114741

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 31, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Incr. pressure on Attorney General Edwin Meese to step down in wake of resignations of Justice Department aides reported Report introduced.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Senator Strom Thurmond reported meeting with Meese to tell him many senior Republicans consider him a liability. [THURMOND - says won't stand for corruption in Justice Department] Thurmond said troubled by resignation of Dep. Attorney General Arnold Burns and questioning of Meese's ethics; Thurmond's letter quoted. [At press conf., MEESE - says he doesn't have later meeting with Thurmond; refuses to answer certain questions.] Resignation of criminal justice deputy William Weld recalled. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - says President Reagan should talk to Weld.] Reagan reported continue to back Meese. [Daughter Maureen REAGAN - says decision is up to President and Meese.]

Donaldson, Sam;
Troute, Dennis

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