ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 22, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Mtg. of President Reagan and critics of Attorney General Edwin Meese from within Justice Department and with Meese reported Report introduced.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Mtg. of Reagan, White House staffers Vice President George Bush, White House chief of staff Howard Baker and cnsl. Arthur Culva house with ex- Justice Department deps. William Weld and Arthur Burns to discuss possible resignation of Meese reported; details given of Meese's link with friend E. Robert Wallach's business deals and of Weld's stmts. about Meese and special prosecutor James McKay. [BURNS - says it was excellent meeting] Sources said rpting. Reagan has not lost confidence in Meese, who maintains Justice Department morale is high. Upcoming report by McKay about Meese's conduct mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Meese's lengthy ties with Reagan detailed. Report introduced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) Background to today's series of mtgs. between Reagan and Justice Department officials, include Meese, detailed. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - says it took too long for Reagan to consider why Justice Department is collapsing.] Contd. support of Meese by Reagan reiterated.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Justice Department reported prepared to juggle schedules to fill gaps left by resignations of 7 junior members of Department Reagan reported nom. Francis Keating to be associate attorney general