ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 22, 2001
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(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Washington: Jackie Judd) Damage control from Senator Hillary Clinton about her brother Hugh Rodham's role in the pardons granted by former President Bill Clinton featured; details given of the clemency cases involving businessman/convicted swindler Glenn Braswell and convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali. [Hillary CLINTON - says she had no knowledge of her brother's involvement and was not part of the pardon decision making.] Today's revelation that the senator's campaign treasurer William Cunningham secured pardons for two Arkansas men and was paid noted. [CLINTON - comments on Cunningham.]
(Washington: Peter Jennings) The Congressional investigation into Clinton's pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich noted.
(Saint Moritz, Switzerland: Brian Ross) Tracking Rich in Switzerland featured; scenes shown from a ski resort where Rich refused to answer questions. Letter from Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert to the President on behalf of Rich, who given him campaign money in 1993, noted. [Swiss finance ministry spokesman Dieter LEUTWYLER, IRS (Internal Revenue Service) money laundering consultant Jack BLUM - comment on Rich's contacts.] [In Saint Moritz, WOMAN - says Rich is "lying low key."]