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Lance Affair #50627

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 1977
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(Studio) New questions arise about the Bert Lance affair as to reasons that irregularities disclosed recently didn't come up in OMB director's confirmation hearings.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Former United States attorney in Atlanta, John Stokes, makes additional charge in Lance affair. [STOKES - charges some members of Carter administration withheld and concealed FBI background report and its information from Senate committee in January] Details of Stokes' opinion and reasons cited; he had decided nothing in report warranted prosecution, but says some Senators might have changed minds about Lance if they had had information In Senate Govt. Affairs Committee hearing, some Senators indicate they feel same; committee conts. questioning Comptroller of Currency John Heimann. Questions to Heimann from Senators Heinz and Danforth noted. Senator Charles Percy says Lance should be prepared to answer questions on charges he misled committee about financial dealings, when he testifies next week
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz

(DC) President Carter has avoided questions on Lance, but makes exception today, with one statement with regard to possible cover-up. [CARTER - as far as he knows, Stokes statement charging administration members withheld FBI information isn't true.] Comments on issue by Press Secretary Jody Powell cited. [LANCE - wants to tell case to public; will fight to end, whatever it is.] Despite denials from Lance and White House that he'll resign after giving testimony, most of official Washington, DC says end can only be Lance's resignation.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Cordtz, Dan;
Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry

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