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Confirmation Hearings / Donovan, Smith, Haig, Bell, Kirkpatrick #273300

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 15, 1981
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(Studio) Senator Labor Committee said postponing its vote on confirmation of Raymond Donovan as Labor Secretary after asking FBI for further information on Donovan's background.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Committee's postponement noted coming after chairperson Orrin Hatch got new information raising questions about Donovan; details given. [HATCH - comments.] Hatch's meeting with FBI director William Webster noted. [WEBSTER - comments.] Time limitations placed on FBI's investigation of cabinet nominees cited.

(Studio) Beginning of confirmation hearings for Attorney General-designate William French Smith noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Smith's opening hearings examined; films shown. Smith's relationship with Ronald Reagan and his position on sex discrimination mentioned. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - reads statement to committee ] Smith's mbrship. in all-male clubs discussed. [SMITH - comments]. Smith's position on various other issues stated.
REPORTER: Fred Graham

(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee reported recommending confirmation of Alexander Haig as Secretary of State.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senators Paul Sarbanes and Paul Tsongas said voting against Haig; details given. [SARBANES, TSONGAS - express their concern.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON - comments.] [Senator Charles PERCY - announces final vote.] Response of Haig attorney Joseph Califano with regard to Watergate era criticism of Haig reported; Richard Nixon noted expected to block most attempts to get Watergate tapes.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Terrel Bell and Jeane Kirkpatrick reported getting confirmation as Educ. Secretary and United Nations ambassador, respectively; details given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Graham, Fred;
Jones, Phil;
McManus, Jim

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