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(Studio) Former chief Watergate prosecutor may take over congress probe of South Korean influence scandal.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) It's reported Leon Jaworski has been asked to become special cnsl. to House Ethics Committee and he's considering taking job. Freshmen of both Democrat and GOP, leaders and Ethics Committee members meet and caucus to resolve probe controversy. Speaker Tip O'Neill and committee chairperson John Flynt announce support for appointed of new special cnsl. [FLYNT - says cnsl. will have total independence in conduct for rest of probe.] Former cnsl. Philip Lacovara also had this; O'Neill is asked what will be different. [O'NEILL - says there'll be no conflict of interest or personality and that his office will be watching committee and actions.] Freshmen had wanted cnsl. with more independence of Flynt, but leaders say they like O'Neill's proposal. [Representative Leon PANETTA - cites advantages to cnsl. from proposal.] Republican leaders support O'Neill, but some junior Republican representatives still call for select committee to take investigation away from Flynt.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
- Mudd, Roger;
- Stahl, Lesley
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