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1980 Campaign / Briefing Papers Controversy #292022

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 07, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Apparent political damage to President Reagan by ongoing controversy over his 1980 campaign's acquisition of Jimmy Carter's briefing papers examined; details outlined on screen. Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' explanation of President's lack of involvement with aides on issue noted referring to Richard Nixon and Watergate. Open disunity among White House staff with national security adviser William Clark and CIA director William Casey opposing Chief of Staff James Baker, OMB director David Stockman and communications director David Gergen discussed. Opposition of longtime conservatives to Baker recalled; Reagan thought not making any staff decisions until after Justice Department completes its probe.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Inquiry into former Reagan campaign aide Dan. Jones' claim that Carter White House mole passed on documents in question noted. Former Reagan campaign member Stefan Halper's denial that he used network of former CIA officers to gather intelligence on Carter campaign quoted on screen. Richard Allen noted discussing his receipt of national security council information with authorities investigating controversy; possibility that former Carter admin. member Jerry Jennings was security council mole, raised by Allen, said denied by Jennings. Details given. Allen's alleged grudge against Jennings due to latter's role in getting Allen removed as national security adviser recalled.
REPORTER: Rita Braver

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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