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Justice Department / Contract Scandal #321548

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 06, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Studio: Lesley Stahl) Inslaw, Incorporated, contracted to computerize Justice Department, reported allegedly destroyed by department so Attorney General Edwin Meese's friends could gain company's business Senate subcommittee reported investigating allegations. [Inslaw owner Bill HAMILTON - says Justice Department corrupt.] Judge George Bason reported ruling that Justice Department deliberately drove Inslaw, Incorporated out of business [BASON - comments on ruling.] [Ex-Justice Department official Anthony BACCIUTO - comments on situation.] [Ex-Attorney General Elliot RICHARDSON - describes situation.] Inslaw case compared to Wedtech Corp. scandal. Meese's friend Dr. Earl Bryan reported working for Inslaw's competitor. [HAMILTON - says Dominic Laity, Bryan's employment, offered to buy Inslaw and threatened him.] [LAITY - denies conversation with Hamilton.] Hamilton quoted with regard to Justice Department's alleged illegalities. [RICHARDSON - compares Bryan to E. Robert Wallach.] Justice Department memo shown. [BASON - comments on memo with regard to plot to cancel Inslaw contract.] Meese and Justice Department official D. Lowell Jensen noted responsible for Inslaw's bankruptcy; details given. Jensen noted denying wrongdoing. Justice Department statement quoted on screen with regard to Meese's role in scandal. Bacciuto quoted on screen. [BACCIUTO - comments on situation.] Bacciuto asserting he lied on stand. [BASON - says Bacciuto now telling truth.] Justice Department officials noted denying conspiracy charges at trial. [BASON - says Justice Department officials lied under oath.] Justice Department reported appealing Bason's ruling. Bason and Bacciuto noted losing positions while Bryan's company received multimillion dollar contract with Justice Department

Reporter(s):
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley
Duration:
00:05:30

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