CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 01, 1988
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Indep. prosecutor James McKay, investigating Attorney General Edwin Meese, reported asserting doesn't have enough evidence to indict him. Reports introd.
(DC: Robert Schakne) Meese reported asking McKay to make public statement [McKAY - won't ask for indictment at this time.] Iraqi pipeline and "Baby Bell" scandals recalled; E. Robert Wallach and Bruce Rappaport mentioned. McKay quoted. [Watergate prosecutor Richard BEN-VENISTE - comments on McKay's statement] McKay quoted with regard to report to be published.
(DC: Rita Braver) Meese noted using McKay's statement to justify failure to resign. [MEESE - comments on situation.] Meese quoted with regard to Justice Department resignations. [MEESE - defends actions.] Sources quoted with regard to Meese's nominees for vacant Justice Department positions; Francis Keating, James Knapp and Arlin Adams discussed. Justice Department sources quoted with regard to Knapp's reservations about taking position. Solicitor General Charles Fried noted planning to stay with Justice Department Fried's statement quoted on screen. Meese scandal noted becoming campaign issue. [Jesse JACKSON - says Nancy Reagan should tell husband not to retain Meese.] [Michael DUKAKIS - urges Meese's resignation.] Reagan noted still supporting Meese. "US News and World Report" poll results discussed.