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Wright / Investigation #321636

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 10, 1988
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) House Ethics Committee reported deciding to investigate Representative Jim Wright for alleged conflict of interest Wright noted blaming troubles on Republican pols. Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) Wright quoted with regard to charges. [WRIGHT - says he is confident.] Wright's alleged violations listed; then-Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Texas oil executive Richard Moncrief mentioned. [WRIGHT - defends actions.] Wright reported attempting to influence Interior Department with regard to leases being awarded to Texas Oil and Gas Company [WRIGHT - defends actions.] Wright's use of Congress aide to edit his book "Reflections of a Public Man" discussed. Wright's alleged influence upon ex-dir. of Home Bank Bd., Edwin Gray, discussed. [WRIGHT - defends actions.] Republicans noted wanting Wright to symbolize Democrat sleaze factor. [Michael DUKAKIS - defends Wright.] [Vice President George BUSH - says Dukakis should join him in urging independent prosecutor to investigate Wright.] Democrats' problems discussed.

Jones, Phil;
Schieffer, Bob

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