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Meese Controversy / Reagan Administration Ethics #296112

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 28, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) Edwin Meese said among several government officials who received gifts from foreign government; details of November 1983 gifts from South Korea given; Meese mentioned only recipient failing to turn gift over to government agency. James Baker, Michael Deaver, Robert McFarlane reported turning their gifts in shortly after returning from South Korean trip; estimated value mentioned. White House said acknowledging Meese still possesses gift in question; United States law pertaining to affair quoted on screen. Meese's explanation for keeping gift illegally and his relinquishing of it today noted.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(DC) Democrat committee 's new commercial attacking questionable ethics of Reagan admin. members shown, discussed. [Feb. 14, Gary HART - claims President pursues policy of making world safe for hypocrisy.] [March 21, Walter MONDALE - considers Reagan administration representative of "sleaze factor."] No. Reagan administration appointees whose ethics have been subject of controversy recalled include Richard Allen, Anne Burford, Michael Cardenas, J. Lynn Helms, Max Hugel, Rita Lavelle, Robert P. Nimmo, Thomas Reed, Paul Thayer, William Casey, Charles Wick. Details of their scandals listed. [Lyn NOFZIGER - believes administration ethics are taking place of substantive issue with opponents.] Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' response to Democrat chgs. of administration's "moral blind spot" quoted.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Schieffer, Bob

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