NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 12, 1979
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(Studio) Justice Department investigation into Billy Carter's relations with delegation from Libya which he is hosting noted. Possibility that Billy Carter might be forced to register as foreign agent reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Details given about possibility of Billy Carter's having to register as foreign agent. Background of controversy given, with party hosted by Billy Carter in Atlanta for Libyans and announcement of formation of Libyan-Arab-Georgia friendship society noted. Justice Department letter to Billy Carter, sent to his Plains, Georgia, address, quoted. Is mentioned that other public figs. like Spiro Agnew and Bert Lance, who have foreign friends, haven't been required to register as foreign agents.
REPORTER: Carl Stern (WSB-TV newsfilm, Atlanta)
(DC) Report on White House reaction to recent controversy over Billy Carter's actions. Press Secretary Jody Powell's comments noted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff
(Studio) Billy Carter's reaction to controversy stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(No location given) Billy Carter's escort of Libyans to Columbus, Georgia, for business contacts noted. His response to controversy over his alleged anti-Semitic remarks reported; allegations that controversy is reason for his being dropped from "Hollywood Squares" television show stated. Billy Carter's report of receipt of newsfilm, saddle on earlier visit to Libya, but nothing else in way of payment, mentioned [Billy CARTER - comments. Says he told President of Libyans' upcoming visit during Christmas holidays. Recalls Powell's remarks.] Libyans' plans to visit other cities cited.
REPORTER: Kenley Jones (WYEA-TV newsfilm, Columbus, Georgia)
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