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1980 Campaign Briefing Book Controversy #291443

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 01, 1983
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(Studio) Unidentified aide to President Reagan said acknowledging possible political injury to President from current controversy surrounding Jimmy Carter's 1980 campaign documents.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Santa Barbara, California) Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' explanation for order to aides to remain silent on briefing book caper quoted on screen; CIA director William Casey's organization of retired military officers to gather intelligence on Carter's efforts to free hostages in Iran prior to election discussed. [Former Reagan campaign aide Robert GARRICK - explains purpose of Casey's group.] Former Reagan aide Richard Allen said allegedly receiving reports targeted for Carter's national security council [Carter national security staff William QUANT - notes seriousness of Allen receiving such info.] Allegations that chief of staff James Baker boasted during campaign of having inside track to Carter camp noted. [BAKER - denies FBI has contacted him for interview.] President's efforts to distance self from controversy described.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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