CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 01, 1980
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(Studio) Billy Carter's denial yesterday of having State Department cables recalled; his revision of statement today reported [Courtesy WABC, Billy CARTER - comments on cable; mentions Jack Anderson.] Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted with regard to situation.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Background to Billy Carter's Libyan connection examined; films shown. White House statement on issue, Billy's briefing by national security cncl. prior to leaving for Liyba, his meeting with Zbigniew Brzezinski and White House cnsl. Lloyd Cutler, Jody Powell's release of July 22 white paper, Billy-Brzezinski-Ali Houderi meeting, meeting between President Carter, Brzezinski and Houderi, Rosalynn Carter's role in affair, possible contact between White House and Justice department, council Lloyd Cutler and Attorney General Ben. Civiletti's involvement, conversations between President and Civiletti, President and Billy, contradictions with regard to State Department cables discussed; details outlined on screen. [July 23, CUTLER - comments.] [July 24, CIVILETTI - denies discussing affair with anyone in White House] [July 25, CIVILETTI - changes story.] [Courtesy WABC-TV, Billy CARTER - comments.] [President CARTER - comments.] Civiletti's actions noted being investigated by Justice Department; political damage to President Carter cited. [July 29, President CARTER - calls for candor with public.] President's Monday meeting with Senator and reporters said causing concern; details given.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley