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Billy Carter Affair #511777

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 30, 1980
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(Studio) Justice Department official Joel Lisker reported claiming that Billy Carter lied about Libyan payments and that his brother had given him State Department cables concerning his Libyan connection.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Representative Harold Sawyer said recing. information on Billy Carter as member of committee investigating President's brother; details given. [SAWYER - comments.] Sawyer's statement said confirmed by Justice Department; details given.
REPORTER: Emery King

(Studio) Justice Department's allegation that Billy Carter lied about timing of his 1st payment from Libya outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) White House statement with regard to Billy's claims of having State Department cables, examined; official quoted. Deputy press secretary Roy Jenkins said unable to answer questions with regard to President's knowledge of affair; details given.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(DC) President noted having authority to declassify cables; probability that cables Billy Carter mentioned were classified cited. Title 50 of United States Code with regard to classified materials mentioned; spokesperson for Secretary of State Edmund Muskie quoted with regard to State Department official's meeting with Billy Carter associate on recommendation of National Sec. Council
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Libya said asking Billy Carter for help in getting C-130 transport planes, bought and paid for in 1970s and embargoed by President Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Billy Carter said asked for help by Libyan officials during his 1978 visit there; details given, film shown. Billy's associate Henry River (Randy) Coleman said contacting President's appointed secretary Philip Wise re: C-130s; State Department aide reported saying that he was told to call Georgia telephone number and provide information on C-130s. Details given.
REPORTER: James Polk

(Studio) Senator Robert Dole reported calling for careful subcommittee investigation of situation despite White House desire to have matter settled as soon as possible to minimize political damage.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kalb, Marvin;
King, Emery;
Polk, James;
Woodruff, Judy

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