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Billy Carter / Libya #511631

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 23, 1980
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(Studio) White House attorney Lloyd Cutler, appearing on "Today" show, reported denying White House tipoff to Billy Carter with regard to Justice Department's investigation of his relationship with Libya.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Billy Carter's response to President Carter's statement yesterday quoted. [Billy CARTER - comments on brother] Carter said 1st denying, then admitting, that he had taken money from Libyan officials when 1st confronted with situation by Justice Department; details given; Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted on screen with regard to White House role in effort to get Libyan intervention on behalf of United States hostages in Iran. Powell said also backing off from rumor that it was national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's idea to use Billy; Powell quoted with regard to Rosalynn Carter. Concern by White House aides over affair noted; Watergate mentioned.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) State Department questions over possibility of Billy Carter being involved in Iran crisis outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) State Department noted concerned that Billy Carter-Libyan relationship will support public criticism of Carter administration's foreign affairs competence. [Department spokesperson John TRATTNER - comments on President Carter's statement.] [Secretary of State Edmund MUSKIE - defs. White House role.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Democrats in Congress said apparently not objecting to investigation called for by Republicans; details given. Senator Judiciary Committee reported considering request for full-scale investigation of Billy Carter.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [Senator Strom THURMOND - says Republicans unanimously request investigation.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - explains his withdrawal from committee 's consideration of affair due to his political challenge to President Carter.] Kennedy, committee chairperson, said turning gavel over to Senator Birch Bayh; Senator Paul Laxalt noted also withdrawing from committee since he's Ronald Reagan's campaign chairperson [BAYH - comments.] Republicans said still calling for special committee such as the one that investigated Watergate.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Some House Republicans reported asking White House for info.; Representative Thomas page O'Neill quoted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kalb, Marvin;
Simpson, Carole;
Woodruff, Judy

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