NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Senator Govt. Affairs Committee questions members of own staff who interviewed Bert Lance prior to confirmation in January
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Before committee hears final testimony, Senator Percy reads prepared statement. [PERCY - calls for Lance to resign.] Percy has used hearings to prove committee was misled by Lance before confirmation. Some of Lance's testimony was unclear, so committee questions own staff members who interviewed him in January [Ribicoff aide David SCHAEFER - met Lance for 1st time in January and notes Lance appeared to answer all questions.] (Film of Lance's testimony last Thursday shown.) [LANCE - advised interviewers of bank overdrafts& discussed with them Calhoun bank's problems.] [Committee staff member Claudia INGRAM - says Lance told staff of overdraft situation involving members of family and that he preferred it not be brought up in public hearing. Details cited.] Staffers say they knew nothing of other family overdrafts until reading it in paper 2 days before confirmation. In 1975, Lance signed agreement to stop overdrafts by family and other insiders at Calhoun bank. [LANCE - discussed with staffers agreement between Comptroller of Currency and Calhoun 1st National Bank, and fact it had been removed in November] [Senator Charles MATHIAS - asks if Lance discussed provisions of agreement with staffers.] [Minority cnsl. John CHILDERS - says Lance didn't discuss it with them, nor did he reveal it had been removed in November] Questions left are whether Lance concealed information or if staff just didn't ask hard enough questions; Percy is concerned re: possible violation of law. No proof of crimes came from hearings.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Studio) Lance and Carter meet at White House; Carter isn't yet saying anything with regard to Lance's future in administration
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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