CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 07, 1980
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(Studio) Justice Department said apparently backing off from prosecution of 3 Congmen. implicated in "Operation Abscam."
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Allegedly weak cases against Representatives Frank Thompson, John Murphy and John Murtha outlined; photos shown. Possible problems with videotaped conversations noted. Representative Richard Kelly's version of his acceptance of large sum of money as payoff examined. [KELLY - explains his role in affair.] Attorney Gene Benjamin Civiletti's criticism of leaks about case and promise of investigation reported [CIVILETTI - comments on degree and breadth of leaks.] Grand jury phase of investigation said beginning later in month
REPORTER: Fred Graham
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