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(Studio: Dan Rather) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported firing chief spokesperson Terry Eastland for not defending him strongly enough. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) [MEESE - says fired Eastland because new leadership necessary.] Eastland's letter to Meese quoted. [EASTLAND - comments on Meese.] Justice Department sources noted asserting that Meese feared Eastland would resign after independent council James McKay's report publisher later this month [EASTLAND - comments on independent council report] Justice Department speech writer William Schambra reported resigning in protest of Eastland's dismissal. [Ex-Meese speech writer Gary McDOWELL - says Eastland's dismissal worst idea Meese ever had.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - criticizes Meese.] Patrick Korten, Eastland's deputy, reported appointed to replace him. [KORTEN - says will do best job possible.] Meese reported hiring public relations firm to enhance his image.
- Braver, Rita;
- Rather, Dan
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