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Donovan Indictment / Campaign 1984 #293923

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 02, 1984
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(Studio) Indictment of Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan on criminal chgs. reported first for any United States cabinet secretary
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Donovan's surrender and court appearance to enter plea on chgs. of falsifying government documents examined; films shown. [DONOVAN - denies guilt.] Chgs. against Donovan and other officers of his Schiavone construction company outlined, discussed. [Bronx district attorney Mario MEROLA - accuses Donovan of participating in scheme to defraud government] Defense attorney William Bittman's ctroom. remarks mentioned; findings of special prosecutor Leon Silverman recalled. [MEROLA - claims evidence has been compiled.] [Attorney Theodore GEISER - attributes indictment to election year pols.] [DONOVAN - accuses Merola of misusing his office]
REPORTER: Rita Braver Artist: Jane Rosenberg

(DC) Possible aid to Democrats of Donovan's indictment by resurrecting sleaze factor examined. [President REAGAN - accuses Democrats of sleaze factor with baseless accusations.] No. Reagan administration officials involved in controversy and/or resigning noted. [March, Walter MONDALE - cites sleaze factor in Reagan admin.] [Today, MONDALE - cites "tacky" element in administration; thinks President should investigate.] [Geraldine FERRARO - declines comment on Donovan due to her own problems in past mos.] Democrat commercial focusing on scandal-tainted officials in Reagan administration shown, said being considered for revival. [Representative Tony COELHO - thinks administration has tendency toward moral blind spot.] [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - acknowledges Reagan's personality overcomes such scandal.] [Senator Orrin HATCH - questions timing of indictment.]
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

(Studio) Ford B. Ford said acting Labor Secretary in Donovan's absence.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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