NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 14, 1977
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(Studio) Bert Lance feels Washington, DC bureaucrats, Congress, news agencies abuse him by allegations and innuendo.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) [LANCE - greets reporters] Lem Tucker, Bill Martin, include those noted. [LANCE - says if allegations, innuendoes, etc. can be used, and then he has thereby been "crippled" before he has day in court, country in bad shape. In answer to reporter question, says he will not testify and then resign. Such would be ridiculous.] Press conference ends ambly.- Lance to testify before Senator Government Affairs Committee hearing Thursday NBC, CBS, ABC networks coverage efforts noted. Lance appearance at hearing anticipated. [Voice of LANCE - believes in fairness of Americans]
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Studio) Jody Powell apologizes to Senator Charles Percy for calling "Chicago SunTimes" with regard to rumor Percy had used airplane of Bell and Howell Corporation Company never owned an airplane. Powell quoted with regard to call.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) television set with Percy on screen speaking shown. Reporter says something Percy said on television Tuesday a.m. upset Powell and he called "SunTimes." Told Loye Miller, Washington, DC bureau chief, he should check out allegation Percy used Bell and Howell plane and bank services provided free during political campaign. In second call Powell explained motives. [MILLER - recalls Powell's conversation calling Percy "sanctimonious s.o.b."] Allegations unprovable, "Sun Times" ran story about Powell's erroneous tip. Powell regrets incident; claims overreaction. In committee , [Abraham RIBICOFF - criticizes Powell, assures Percy of committee 's faith.] [PERCY - says it is up to Powell to say what he (Powell) said to him (Percy).] Bert Lance had delivered to Powell 3 foot silver bullet replica, with note. President Carter reaction to Powell's action reported by Powell.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff
(DC) At today's meeting of Senate hearing, bank regulator says during Lance's 1974 campaign for governor of Georgia he may have gotten illegal help with campaign by $100,000 overdraft on his wife's bank account Lance to testify tomorrow.
REPORTER: David Brinkley