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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 20, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Attorney General Edwin Meese's Justice Department troubles featured. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) Saint Louis, Missouri, attorney John Shepherd reported withdrawing name from Justice Department consideration; letter to Meese quoted on screen. Shepherd's mbrship. in private clubs and sexual entanglement with ex-law firm employment recalled; scenes shown. [MEESE - comments on Shepherd's decision.] Justice Department officials reported asserting Shepherd concerned with reputation being tainted by Meese's investigations. Dep. Arnold Burns' resignation noted caused by Meese's legal problems. Several of Burns' assocs. noted resigning. [MEESE - says Justice Department still operating as usual.] [Senator Dennis DeCONCINI - says Justice Department going down like sinking ship.] Meese's friends quoted with regard to selection process. President Reagan reported ordering White House staff to remain aloof from Justice Department woes.

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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