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Justice Department / Resignations #320443

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Several Justice Department officials reported resigning. Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported refusing comment with regard to resignations. Sources noted claiming resignations resulted from controversies surrounding Meese. Arnold Burns and William Weld mentioned highest ranking officials to resign. Burns and Weld noted giving resignation letters to White House chief of staff Howard Baker. [WELD - says had mtgs. with Baker and Meese.] [Justice Department spokesperson Terry EASTLAND - comments on Meese's reaction to resignations.] Burns and Weld allegedly told Meese that his legal problems were impairing work of Justice Department; sources quoted on screen. Issues for which Meese being investigated listed on screen and discussed. Resigning officials quoted on screen with regard to Meese's improprieties. Sources reported stating independent council is issuing subpoenas to determine if E. Robert Wallach used improper influence to get Ursula Meese position with Multiple Sclerosis Society of DC. Wallach's other indictments mentioned. [Senator Carl LEVIN - calls for Meese's resignation.] [Senator Strom THURMOND - comments on situation.] Meese's staff noted asserting Attorney General not planning to resign.

(Studio: Dan Rather) White House's reaction to resignations discussed; President Reagan and Vice President George Bush mentioned. Report introduced.

(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Bill Plante) Sources report that Burns and Weld sought help last week from Baker and asked if administration would pressure Meese to resign noted. Baker noted explaining Reagan believes Meese victimized by political enemies. Men who resigned reported former Meese supporters. Reagan reported aware of situation's gravity but action not expected.

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan

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