CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Future of Bert Lance as OMB director remains uncertain. Lance and President meet in morning, but no results of meeting are publicized. Senator Govt. Affairs Committee conts. hearings.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Committee swears in members of own staff who investigated and interviewed Lance before confirmation hearings in January Details of staff mbrs. testimony with regard to Lance and family's overdrafts noted. [Minority cnsl. John CHILDERS - notes Lance told them overdrafts at 1 bank were in connection with suicide of one of Mrs. Lance's relatives and he told staffers he didn't want embarrassing situation brought out to committee in public hearings. Says it was estate problem and those were only overdrafts at Calhoun bank.] [Senator EAGLETON - says staffers didn't tell Percy or any of committee of Lance's statements with regard to overdrafts and that OMB director had contradicted overdrafts.] [CHILDERS - agrees that that is what he wants committee to believe.] [EAGLETON - doesn't believe it.] Percy reads statement that Lance violated ethics and possibly laws; notes federal probes of Lance's activities. [PERCY - calls for Lance to resign.] No more hearings to be held for at least 2 weeks; in any event, committee can t unconfirm Lance. As Senator Ribicoff says, it mainly problem now for Carter and Lance.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin
(DC) President and Lance meet early in day, but neither Lance nor Carter spokesperson Jody Powell will talk about meeting Lance's comments with regard to calls for resignation noted. Mail and telephone calls at White House continue to run in Lance's favor and President, White House staff and Lance think hearings have helped OMB director Powell says public opinion will play no part in Carter's decision with regard to Lance's future.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer