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Meese Controversy #295989

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 22, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Edwin Meese, with backing of President Reagan, reported asking Attorney General William French Smith to appointed special prosecutor to investigate allegations that those who did personal financial favors for Meese later received government appts. examined; letters of Meese and Reagan quoted on screen. President mentioned meeting today with French President Francois Mitterrand. Senator Judiciary Committee chairperson Senator Strom Thurmond reported seeking broad investigation of Meese's personal affairs. [Senator Joseph BIDEN - questions Meese's political survival.] Despite repeated requests, White House said not yet receive documentation from Meese that he repaid family loan from Edwin Thomas to purchase stock by Ursula Meese; Thomas' letter to Senate committee said not mentioning any repayment.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) Thomas said acknowledging other interest -free loans to Meese family in addition to major loan to Meese's wife and which Meese failed to report Thomas, his wife and son noted all given federal appts.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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