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REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Continuing questioning of Attorney General nominee Edwin Meese's personal financial dealings with latest disclosure of unreported loan from Edwin Thomas to Ursula Meese, followed by Thomas' appointed to government posts examined; Meese's excuse for not rpting. loan on his federal disclosure statement noted. [President REAGAN - denies Meese's nomination is troubled.] Senator Howard Metzenbaum reported recing. documents today indicating Meese's conflicting accts. of his role in Jimmy Carter's pilfered 1980 briefing papers. [METZENBAUM - doubts if Meese will be confirmed.] Metzenbaum mentioned having called for Meese to withdraw name from nomination; Meese's past disputes with Democrats on human and civil rights, Army promotion he received without proper credentials, Carter briefing papers controversy and recurring questions about his personal financial dealings thought having cumulative effect. [Senator Dennis DeCONCINI - feels Meese has character problems; no longer strongly supports him.] [Senator Howard BAKER - remains supportive.]
REPORTER: Phil Jones
- Jones, Phil;
- Rather, Dan
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