CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 23, 1980
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(Studio) Senator Judiciary Committee reported appting. special subcommittee to decide on possible investigation of Billy Carter's relationship with Libyan government; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Committee chairperson Edward Kennedy and Senator Paul Laxalt noted removing selves from committee due to their political involvement in current presidential race; Laxalt noted managing Ronald Reagan. Senator Robert Dole's reference to Watergate mentioned. [DOLE - comments.] Yesterday's White House statement said leaving little to investigate; issue said question of Justice Department's possible leniency with Carter due to his brother being President Criticism of Billy Carter and apparent involvement of national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski outlined; possibility that someone in White House alerted Billy Carter about Justice Department investigation considered. [DOLE - comments on probable investigation.] Likelihood of fast investigation due to political season noted.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
(Studio) White House concern over political repercussions mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted on screen with regard to Controversy question of President Carter possibly claiming executive privilege if Brzezinski is asked to testify considered. [President cnsl. Lloyd CUTLER - comments.] "Project Full Disclosure" by White House staff outlined; possibility of Brzezinski- Billy Carter meeting affecting Jewish vote discussed.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
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