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Abscam #509173

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 07, 1980
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(Studio) Case against Senator Harrison Williams, arising from FBI investigation of political corruption in Congress, said possibly strongest. Representative Richard Kelly's version of his acceptance of money in scandal recalled.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Kelly's perspective on affair examined. [KELLY - comments on his version.] [REPORTER - asks if he's considering pleading insanity if brought to trial.] [KELLY - responds; says he wouldn't take lie detector test.] Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti's criticism of news leaks noted. [CIVILETTI - comments.] Call for more information by one Representative reported.
REPORTER: James Polk

(Studio) FBI said meeting with New Jersey Casino Commission today due to allegations of payoffs during "Operation Abscam."
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) Establishment of commission when New Jersey legalized gambling recalled; investigation of commission now noted. [Commission member Albert MERCK - comments.] Possible effect on Caesars Boardwalk Regency if commission suspends issuance of license considered. New Jersey attorney general John Degnan said beginning separate investigation; commission chairperson Joseph Lordi quoted. Annual take by 1 casino and probable effect on any investigation mentioned.
REPORTER: Rebecca Sobel

(Studio) Alleged videotapes showing Congmen. taking bribes mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Comment concerns "stupidity" of current bribery scandal.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Polk, James;
Sobel, Rebecca

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