CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 28, 1985
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REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Renewed controversy over Attorney General-designate Edwin Meese's personal fin dealings said coming with discovery that Ofc. of Govt. Ethics staff found conflict of ints. in his dealings; office director David Martin's testimony to Congress committee about report quoted on screen. [Senator Howard METZENBAUM - believes report confirms suspicions that Meese's conduct has been unethical.] Controversy recalled centering on Meese's pol. favors for financial associates John McKean and Thomas Barrack, Edwin Thomas's loan to Meese's wife and Meese's failure to report it, Meese's promotion in Army reserves which ignored Army regulations and his later support for appointed of General Berkman who had helped with his promotion. Findings of independent cnsl. Jacob Stein's investigation recalled. [September 20, 1984, MEESE - claims Stein has cleared him.] Common Cause's anti-Meese newspaper ads shown, discussed; lobbying among Senators by Common Cause director Archibald Cox against Meese's appointed noted. [COX - believes Meese's appointed would send message to pols.] ["Conservative Digest" spokesperson Richard VIGUERIE - attributes controversy to pols.] Confirmation hearings mentioned beginning tomorrow.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
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