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Billy Carter Affair #511670

NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 25, 1980
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(Studio) Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti reported reversing self and announcing meeting in June with President Carter where he discussed Billy Carter's situation with President; both Civiletti and White House recalled denying any discussion of controversy.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(DC) [Yesterday, CIVILETTI - denies spking.with President about case.) [Today, CIVILETTI - recalls June 17th meeting in Oval Ofc.) Mtgs. between Civiletti and White House attorney Lloyd Cutler discussed. [CIVILETTI - comments.] President said ordering Civiletti in the past not to discuss any criminal cases; details given.
REPORTER: Rebecca Sobel

(Studio) White House position on affair until today recalled.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(DC) Press Secretary Jody Powell's explanation of President's role in change of stories outlined, quoted on screen; President noted avoiding mentioning situation during meeting today with Carter delegates to Democrat conv. Rosalynn Carter's possible role in involving Billy Carter in Iran hostage crisis mentioned. Pol. fallout in light of incring. call by party Democrats for open convention noted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Justice Department reported investigating Civiletti's meeting with President
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(DC) Details given of Justice Department agency's own investigation of Civiletti; Ofc. of Professional Responsibility recalled established after Watergate. Justice Department spokesperson quoted on screen; watchdog agency said sending findings and any recommendations to solicitor general
REPORTER: James Polk

(Studio) Special Senate committee said investigating Billy Carter's relationship with Libyans.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(DC) Senate leaders noted having trouble finding Democrats willing to investigate issue. [Senators Birch BAYH, Charles MATHIAS - comment.) Investigation reported beginning next week with Bayh possibly calling President and Mrs. Carter to testify.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Reaction to Billy Carter affair by Ronald Reagan and Edward Kennedy reported; interview with Kennedy later in program noted.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Polk, James;
Simpson, Carole;
Sobel, Rebecca;
Utley, Garrick;
Woodruff, Judy

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