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Billy Carter Affair / Open Convention #511738

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 29, 1980
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(Studio) President Carter said announcing preparation of public report on his bro.'s relationship with Libya; details given. Continue effort by some Democrats to dump Carter and call for open convention noted coming as Connecticut governor renounced her support of President Carter.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) President said willing and eager to respond to Senate subcommittee investigation of Billy Carter's Libyan connection. [President CARTER - comments.] White House aides said considering having President and Rosalynn Carter testify as soon as hearings begin; details given.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(DC) Potential damage of Billy Carter case reported giving impetus to stop Carter movement; Connecticut Governor Ella Grasso noted calling for President to release all his delegates. [GRASSO - explains.] Concern among staunch Carterites examined. [Secretary of State Edmund MUSKIE - reiterates his support for President] Stop-Carter campaign and headquarters reported financed by backers of Henry Jackson. [Carter campaign Robert STRAUSS - comments on Billy Carter problem.] Rules fight, which President wanted to avoid, said scheduled for convention
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Senator Birch Bayh, chairperson of one congress probe of Billy Carter, quoted with regard to post-convention testimony by President Carter and investigation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Senate subcommittee investigating Billy Carter's Libyan connections reported subpoenaing records of Charter Oil Company as well as requesting materials from President Carter, cabinet heads and intelligence officials; details given. Committee chairperson Birch Bayh noted dismissing Robert Vesco's claims that he got Billy Carter and Libyans involved in effort to embarrass Carter admin. [BAYH - comments.] Possibility of committee announcing name of attorney heading their investigation this Thursday cited. Among those mentioned are said to be former attorney general Edward Levi, Barbara Jordan, former Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) President said sending his report on Billy Carter-Libyan affair to Senator next week; his response to House For. Affairs Committee noted taking longer.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Representative Robert Bauman reported expanding his request for information from President Carter with regard to his brother; details given. [BAUMAN - comments on lesson from Watergate.] President's letter to House quoted on screen in part; Representative Lee Hamilton said joining Representative Clement Zablocki in recommending delay in action. [HAMILTON - comments.] Resolution of inquiry noted passed overwhelmingly; details given.
REPORTER: Emery King

(Studio) Chip Carter quoted with regard to father's inability to control Billy.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
King, Emery;
Pettit, Tom;
Simpson, Carole;
Woodruff, Judy

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