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NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 04, 1980
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(Studio) Situation with regard to FBI sting operation apprehending 1 Senator, 7 Representatives in alleged bribe operation detailed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Philadelphia lawyer Howard Criden role in operation' detailed. Criden accused of picking up money for political friends. [US attorney Peter VAIRA - won't comment with regard to operation.] Night vision camera scenes shown. Criden said ready to testify against others involved. Washington, DC home shown. Role of videotape cameras noted. Harrison Williams, Junior named. Arrest of Al Alexandro, immigration inspector in NYC, reported; innocent plea reported.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Studio) Resignation of Kenneth MacDonald from New Jersey Gambling Casino Control Bd. reported FBI said chging. MacDonald with taking bribe. MacDonald innocent plea reported Federal grand jury hearings against 20 announced. Actions of Ethics Committee of both House and Senator reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Harrison Williams, Junior dodging of questions noted. [WILLIAMS - has done no' wrong.] Each said denying all, answering nothing. [Richard KELLY - says general denial answers particular questions.] John Murphy, Frank Thompson, John Murtha, Raymond Lederer, Michael Myers, John Jenrette response noted. Reactions of Senators and Representatives reported.
REPORTER: James Polk

Chancellor, John;
Polk, James;
Ross, Brian

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