CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 22, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported denying need for United States Attorney General Edwin Meese to resign. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Reagan quoted with regard to function of Justice Department [Senator Patrick LEAHY - comments on erosion of credibility within Justice Department] Reagan, Vice President George Bush, White House chief of staff Howard Baker and council A.B. Culva house reported meeting with ex-Justice Department officials Arnold Burns and William Weld. Burns and Weld quoted on screen with regard to reasons for resignations and possible indictment of Meese because of connections to E. Robert Wallach. Indep. council James McKay noted not planning to bring indictment at present. Admin. sources quoted with regard to Reagan's reaction to meeting Reagan reported discussing matter with Meese, who mentioned justifying all actions. [BAKER - says Meese functioning well and Reagan content with status quo.] [BURNS - comments on final day at Justice Department] Impact of Meese's legal problems upon Bush's campaign discussed.
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