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FBI / Abscam #269162

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 05, 1980
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(Studio) No. of Senators and Representatives implicated so far in FBI investigation of political corruption, "Operation Abscam," noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti's efforts to counter Capitol Hill criticism of FBI methods noted; details given. [Senator Malcolm WALLOP - charts course of Ethics Committee] [Senator Adlai STEVENSON - says FBI and Justice Department are randomly playing games with Senators, trying to entrap them.] Civiletti's response to entrapment chgs. cited. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - asks about new leaks.] [CIVILETTI - responds.] Appearance of photograph of FBI's electronic surveillance equipment used in townhse., in Long Island newspaper "Newsday", noted; FBI said ignorant of how newspaper obtained the photo.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Original goal of "Operation Abscam" and its turn towards political corruption said include casino recalled; details given. Apparent scandal, uncovered by Operation Abscam, said resulting in Governor Brendan Byrne's acceptance of commission vice chairperson Kenneth MacDonald's resignation. Implications of commission chairperson Joseph Lordi in affair considered; photos shown. Senator Harrison Williams alleged bragging about helping Ritz Hotel with regard to Lordi outlined. Ritz, owned by Hardwicke Companies Incorporated of NYC, reported having license pending; Williams' wife, Jeanette, noted on company's board of dirs. [LORDI - denies any involvement with Williams.] FBI said seeking mtg with all cmsnrs. now. [MacDONALD - comments Impact of scandal on New Jersey casino industry mentioned.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred

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