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Lance Finances #495661

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 1977
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(Studio) Comptroller of Currency John Heimann tells Senator Govt. Affairs Committee that he would not have recommended Bert Lance as OMB director; notes report from own office shows no evidence of illegalities in Lance's financial dealings, but does show improprieties.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Heimann tries to get around telling committee he wouldn't have recommended Lance. [Senator William ROTH - asks if Heimann would have recommended Lance as OMB director] [HEIMANN - asks to try question again; notes he feels put on spot.] Later Heimann says he wouldn't have written letter of recommendation for Lance and criticizes Lance's ability as banker, after citing list of his banking irregularities. [ROTH - asks if Heimann would state Lance meets standard of ethical conduct comptroller's office expects in banker.] [HEIMANN - states Lance needed to be corrected in some of banking practices.] Comptroller says he'd give Lance 2nd chance as banker and Lance's supporters on committee hope this attitude will help Lance keep job as OMB director
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(Studio) (Studio interview with reporter) Anchor asks reporter about growing requests for Lance's resignation.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Notes number does grow, include one in "New York Daily News." (Films shown.) Lance makes no comment, nor does President Carter, who refuses to answer question about "Daily News" editorial. President may have learned to keep quiet from G. Gordon Liddy. Editorial cartoons also use Lance affair as subject; cartoons by Thomas Flannery, in "Baltimore Sun", and Paul Conrad, in "Los Angeles Times", noted. Other pols.' calls for his resignation and view that affair has hurt Carter and Lance noted.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Anchor asks if reporter thinks Lance will go.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Reporter's opinion is that Lance will ultimately go.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Lance's wife, LaBelle, waits along with others for outcome. (Interview with Mrs. Lance shown.) [LaBelle LANCE - doesn't understand all of banking terms, but knows husband put money from own account in bank to provide for possible overdrafts in campaign. Says money was there to cover checks, maybe just not in exact same account Knows for self charges aren't true and thinks in due time it will be revealed.]
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Latest Harris poll shows respondents give Carter 40-33% negative rating for handling of Lance affair. Carter's overall job rating noted. He is asked about figs. (Film shown.) [CARTER - notes it's hard to say what causes highs and lows in public support for their officials, but thinks if he takes each decision on basis of merits, people will continue to support him.] Harris figs. agree with White House figs. that mail has run 2-1 against administration on Lance case.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Levine, Irving R.;
Pettit, Tom

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