CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 18, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter rejects requests for special prosecutor for South Korean influence scandal and makes clear he relies on Justice Department to get to bottom of it. House Ethics Committee probe conts. to have dissention.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) White House steers clear of Ethics Committee, but stresses fact that Justice Department probe moves ahead. [Attorney General Griffin BELL - sees no need for special prosecutor.] Carter letter to Republican leaders, denying special prosecutor appointed, noted. [Howard BAKER - isn't saying it's another Watergate, but is distressed with Carter decision.] Bell leaves impression there'll be indictments.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Plan gaining support at Capitol for special cnsl. to Ethics Committee, who would have more power than Philip Lacovara had. Newer Congmen. meet to work out plans to restore credibility to probe. Chairperson of freshmen, Leon Panetta, talked to Speaker O'Neill with regard to plan. [PANETTA - says group makes clear O'Neill has authority to see that investigation proceeds.] Move is on to get John Flynt out of chairperson's seat. Controversy is compounded by charges of involvement of O'Neill and James Wright; both deny allegations.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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