CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 20, 1984
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(Studio) Recent call for cancellation of all government contracts with General Dynamics' nuclear submarine division due to company payments of gifts and possible kickbacks to government official recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Allegations of phoney cost overruns and kickbacks by General Dynamics, made by former company executive and now fugitive P. Takis Veliotis, examined in detail. [1978 VELIOTIS - defs. company] His background and current status in Greece outlined. [July 25, 1984, committee investigator Richard KAUFMAN - claims Veliotis' allegations about Navy shipbuilding program are supported by evidence.] No. Congress investigations of General Dynamics currently underway mentioned. [Senator William PROXMIRE - notes increase cost to taxpayer.] Econs. involved outlined on screen. [Veliotis' attorney Alexandros LYKOUREZOS - explains client's decision to tell all.] Company reaction quoted on screen. Focus of Congress inquiry mentioned. [KAUFMAN - explains allegations against General Dynamics.] Company chairperson David Lewis said refusing interview; Justice Department reported reopening its probe, dropped in 1982. [August, Attorney General William French SMITH - praises General Dynamics' submarine program.] [PROXMIRE - criticizes propriety of Smith's appearance at General Dynamics function.] Justice Department noted charged with contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with Congress committee 's investigation of department's handling of original General Dynamics submarine case.
REPORTER: Rita Braver
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