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Meese / Confirmation Controversy #295925

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 19, 1984
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(Studio) Edwin Meese's confirmation hearings as Attorney General nominee said indefinitely suspended due to investigations into his personal financial dealings.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) President Reagan's continuing commitment to Meese's nomination mentioned. [Senator Judiciary Committee chairperson Strom THURMOND - will withhold judgement.] Senator Robert Byrd's decision to oppose Meese's nomination explained; Attorney General William French Smith said basing his decision regarding appointed of special prosecutor on outcome of FBI investigation launched today. Meese's rationale for failure to disclose Edwin Thomas' loan to Ursula Meese recalled. [Former Watergate cnsl. Sam DASH - notes legal decision faced by Attorney General] [Senator Howard BAKER - acknowledges possible problems with confirmation hearings.] [Representative Tony COELHO - question ethics, morality of President `s advisers.] Senator Howard Metzenbaum mentioned asking Justice Department to broaden its investigation; details given.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan

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