NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 13, 1977
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(Studio) Senator hears testimony from Atlanta bank examiner Don. Tarleton about Bert Lance's finances.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Tarleton repeatedly denied that Lance had ever asked him to remove federal restrictions on Lance's Calhoun, Georgia, bank, and Senator Charles Percy was about to adjourn. Then surprise document is brought in by government investigators. [PERCY - notes receipt of document; thinks it should be put into record.] [Tarleton's attorney Dennis LINDER - thinks it fair that Tarleton be allowed to read it before it's put into record.] Percy calls short recess to allow this. Statements are by 2 federal banking officials, who claim that 6 mos. before President Carter was elected Lance told Tarleton he expected high position and discussed with Tarleton what to do in event of FBI background investigation about agreement between comptroller's office and Lance Calhoun, Georgia, bank. [PERCY - asks if Tarleton discussed matter with Lance or associates at any time.] [TARLETON - has no recollection of it.] Despite Tarleton's denial, Percy raises question of possible conspiracy to conceal information from FBI by Lance.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine
(Studio) White House official says Percy is grandstanding and Lance says he didn't mention possibility of administration job or FBI check.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Lance and President Carter meet in afternoon, but spokesperson says it's mostly talk of budget business Later, Lance tells associate that statement re: admin. job and FBI investigation wasn't true. Lance says only discussions with comptroller's office was about National Bank of Georgia taking over other, failing banks.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff