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Lance Affair / Powell / Percy / False Charges / President #254125

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 14, 1977
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(Studio) Jody Powell caught planting false story with regard to Senator Charles Percy. Bert Lance charges press unfairness.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Lance lashes out with regard to statements of his inability to now serve as director of OMB. [LANCE - criticizes press for making allegations, then saying due to these he must resign.] Jody Powell apologizes for ploy backfire. "Chicago" (Illinois) "Sun-Times" fingers Powell as source of false report re Percy's use of Bell and Howell Corporation airplane. Powell claims just passing on tip. "Sun-Times" bureau chief recalls differently. ["Chicago Sun-Times" Loye MILLER - recalls details of Powell conversation, include calling Percy s.o.b.] Powell denies s.o.b. remark. Hamilton Jordan [sic] sends Powell large bullet with teeth marks, with note from Lance. [PERCY - is sympathetic with Carter administration reaction.] President Carter's reaction to Powell action with regard to Percy noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) At San. hearing, Percys colleagues criticize Powell. [Abraham RIBICOFF - says Powell action stupid, assures Percy of committee's confidence.] [John HEINZ - objects to dirty tricks that make people fearful of revealing info.] William Roth suggests calling Powell and other government aids to testify with regard to information they had about FBI reports on Lance's bank dealings. Current and former staff of United States Attorney's. office in Atlanta testify to desire to pursue matter of Lance's campaign and family overdrafts further and belief that Justice Department should reopen those cases. Cases were closed last December by then United States attorney John Stokes. [Assistant United States attorney in Georgia Robert McNIGHT - testifies Stokes hesitant to prosecute Lance because of concern for own future security with regard to retirement and pension.] Stokes says Justice Department shared his decision, based on merits of case. [Former US attorney (Georgia) John STOKES - says evidence with regard to Lance did not show provable willful intent to defraud bank.] Lance to testify tomorrow; perhaps 2 days.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Studio) Lance may be close to insolvency. Report on this later.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob;
Serafin, Barry

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