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Billy Carter Affair #272014

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 30, 1980
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(Studio) Billy Carter reported telling Justice Department that President Carter gave him State Department telegrams with regard to his Libyan trip.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Billy's allegations outlined. [Representative Harold SAWYER - comments.] Fed. prosecutor Joel Lisker's assessment of importance of cables discussed; Lisker said looking into possibility that President gave his brother classified as well as unclassified cables. Billy's alleged interest in aircraft for Libya and his associate Henry River (Randy) Coleman's inquiry of presidential appointed secretary Philip Wise about military transport planes ordered by Libya but tied up due to arms embargo against Libya discussed; at Wise's request, State Department official Morris Draper said phoning Coleman to discuss US policy. Details given. [Billy CARTER - comments on C-130 planes; mentions Jack Anderson's articles.] [SAWYER - notes Billy's uncooperativeness.] Justice Department files said not indicating that Billy Carter was ever involved in government policy-making about Libya or trying to influence such policy.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(DC) White House said confirming that President and Billy Carter discussed Libyan trip and State Department cables; statement issued by deputy press secretary Roy Jenkins quoted with regard to President's recollection of cables and meeting with Billy. Jenkins said unable to answer question with regard to why President discussed State Department cables with brother; appointed secretary Wise said not recalling call from Billy Carter about Libyan plane deal. Details given. [Carter campaign chairperson Robert STRAUSS - comments on Billy Carter.] President said refusing to discuss situation when asked tonight.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Justice Department reported investigating to determine if Billy Carter lied at time he registered as agent of Libyan government
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Justice Department official Joel Lisker said claiming that Billy lied to him and FBI agent on 2 occasions about Libyan payment; details given. January 16, 1980 and June 11, 1980 interviews with Billy by Lisker and FBI agent quoted in part on screen; Billy's official statement files this month shown. with regard to date he claimed to have received Libyan payment. Billy Carter's version of story noted; possible fine and/or sentence for lying on foreign agent form mentioned.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Disagreement between Senate subcommittee chairperson Birch Bayh and Robert Dole re: President Carter's appearance before them with regard to Billy Carter affair reported; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Graham, Fred;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Rather, Dan;
Schakne, Robert

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