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Billy Carter and Libyans #511651

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 24, 1980
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(Studio) Senator reported deciding on investigation of Billy Carter's connection with Libya; President Carter said pledging full cooperation. White House statement outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Senator Judiciary committee said appting. special subcommittee to investigate affair. [Senator Howard BAKER - comments; mentions Watergate.] [Committee chairperson Birch BAYH - comments.] House majority leader Jim Wright said ordering postponement of floor speeches; criticism by Republican representatives noted. House TV tape shown. [WRIGHT, Representative E. G. "Bud" SHUSTER - exchange comments.] Some House Republicans said calling for investigation by independent special prosecutor.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Philip Heymann quoted with regard to reason Justice Department didn't bring chgs. against Billy Carter; Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti noted defending Justice Department
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Civiletti reported denying that anyone tipped off Billy Carter about investigation. [CIVILETTI - comments.] Carter's explanation of alleged loan from Libya recalled; IRS (Internal Revenue Service) noted placing lien on Billy Carter's home. Details given.
REPORTER: James Polk (WALB-TV newstape)

(Studio) White House explanation of meeting President Carter had last year with Libyan diplomat Ali Houderi; meeting said not disclosed before today when an account of it appeared in "Washington Post."
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Press Secretary Jody Powell's version of series of mtgs., beginning with one between national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski,Houderi, Billy Carter in November examined; December 6 meeting of Brzezinski,Houderi and President Carter include in report Houderi's later payment to Billy Carter reported Rosalynn Carter said calling Billy last November with regard to his possible involvement in Iran hostage crisis.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Some Republican partisans reported seeing Billy Carter affair as potential Watergate; White House opposition to investigators during Watergate recalled. President Carter noted responding differently.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Simpson, Carole;
Woodruff, Judy;
Polk, James

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