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Senate Hearings / Tower / Washington Insiders #120909

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 09, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Contd. hearings about nomination of Secretary of Defense-designate John Tower to Defense Department post noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Wooten) New allegations about Tower reported; details given of FBI investigations into his drinking habits and of questionable contributions to his campaign fund by defense contractor Sperry Corp.; scenes shown of Tower sitting in Secretary of Defense's chair next to President Bush. [Senator Alan DIXON - says these allegations are most damaging.] Bush's continued support of Tower noted. Senator Sam Nunn quoted about Tower's qualifications; details given of questions raised during Nunn-Tower meeting last night.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Washington, DC insiders' close following of investigations of Tower reported; details given. [NBC News John CHANCELLOR - says Tower has two problems: his reputation as drinking tomcat and his relationship with defense contractors.] [Senator AIDE - says she does not feel comfortable sharing information about Tower.] [Second Senator AIDE - comments on gossip.] Senator Armed Services Committee testimony of Paul Weyrich, political consultant for right-wing, recalled. [WEYRICH - comments.] Sources of allegations about Tower outlined on screen; details given of stmts. from Tower's second wife. ["Washington Post" reporter Chuck CONCONI - comments on who will call press in this kind of situation.] [Pol. consultant Edward ROLLINS - says people in this town like to watch the power game.] Idea that Tower is undergoing public trial by ordeal explained.

Martin, John;
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim

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