CBS Evening News for Friday, May 22, 1981
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(Studio) Rejection said certain for Ernest Lefever as assistant secretary state for human rts.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) President and Mrs. Reagan shown leaving for California. President said still supporting Lefever nomination [Secretary of State Alexander HAIG - expresses support for Lefever.] Alan Cranston, Paul Tsongas, Charles Percy, Christopher Dodd reported urging Lefever to withdraw. Larry Pressler said probably opposed to Lefever. [Senator Rudy BOSCHWITZ - won't vote for Lefever.] Charles Percy said leaning against Lefever. Opposition by For. Relations Committee said possibly overcome on Senate floor. Conflict of interest chgs. noted raised in with regard to favorable report on Nestle Corporation by Lefever's research group with Nestle as a funder. Committee member says no smoking gun found.
REPORTER: Richard Roth
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