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Lance Affair #495451

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 20, 1977
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(Studio) Senator Govt. Affairs Committee reports there's been charge that Bert Lance asked Atlanta bank regulator Don. Tarleton to remove restriction on Calhoun bank, and that Tarleton did so. Both men testified that no such conversation took place.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) According to affidavit by comptroller's office attorney Michael M. Patriarca, Tarleton told him, while at Miami restaurant, that Lance had asked restriction be lifted; however, during testimony to committee last wk., Tarleton said Lance never asked him to remove order. (Films of Tarleton's and Lance's testimony shown.) [TARLETON - says order terminated because of bank's return to good banking practices.] [LANCE - didn't ask or tell Tarleton to remove agreement.] Patriarca waited till Lance testified before calling investigators; committee has no comment upon release of statement. In House, chairperson of banking subcommittee investigating matter asks Justice Department to review Tarleton's testimony for possible perjury.
REPORTER: James Polk

(Studio) When asked about matter, Tarleton says boss, Comptroller John Heimann, has told him to make no comment. Heimann is meeting with Tarleton in Atlanta. President Carter likely to be asked about affair at press conf. to be held Wednesday; broadcast noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Polk, James

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