CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 23, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter holds press conference today. 1 subject is CIA payments to for. Idrs.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Carter won't comment on recent revelations of CIA payments to Jordan's King Hussein and others, but says he's reviewing situation. [CARTER - says some recent reports erroneous, some with some degree of accuracy, but he's found nothing improper or illegal so far. Says if he does find such, it will be corrected and American told of it.] Reporter asks what Carter would have said if story had broken during campaign. [CARTER - says he doesn't know.] USSR recent criticism of Carter with regard to stand on human rights noted; today Carter defends stand and points out abuses in other cntries. [CARTER - cites human rights violations in Uganda, South Korea, Cuba and South American cntries.] Carter remarks with regard to arms control, USSR and B-1 bomber production noted. Energy policy is also conference topic. [CARTER - talks of sacrifices necessary and present confusion in energy program.] Carter later chats informally; says he'll go to London in May when NATO mins. meet there and says he and others at White House have enrolled in speed reading course.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer