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Meese Investigation #319914

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 22, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Memo reported surfacing with regard to Attorney General Edwin Meese's alleged attempt to bribe Israeli officials so that Iraqi oil pipeline could be built. Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Memo from E. Robert Wallach to Meese featured. Memo reported discussing Swiss busman. Bruce Rappaport. Proposed Iraqi oil pipeline illustration Memo quoted on screen; Shimon Peres, then prime minister, mentioned. Justice Department sources quoted with regard to Meese's possible violations of foreign corrupt practices act by failing to report bribery attempts. Meese noted refusing comment. [On February 1, '88, MEESE - says memo not illegal.] Peres noted denying any knowledge of bribe. [Ex-Justice Department attorney Reid WEINGARTEN - comments on documents.] Indep. council James McKay reported continuing investigation. McKay reported refusing comment. Peres and Meese reported embarrassed by situation. Memo noted asserting claims that Israel attained release of hostage Benjamin Weir and United States owes favor.

(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Rita Braver) McKay investigation and possible Wallach testimony discussed. Wedtech Corporation scandal mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Israeli government reported issuing statement denying any connection to Iraqi oil pipeline.

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan

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