NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 19, 1984
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(Studio) President Reagan reported reiterating support for Attorney General-nominee Edwin Meese despite Justice Department investigation into questionable loan to Meese's wife by friends who later received federal appts.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Concern over Justice Department's alleged willingness to clear Meese if his intentions are not found wanting examined; Meese recalled failing to fully disclose his financial transactions. Loan from Edwin Thomas and his wife noted followed by federal appts. for both; Justice Department's statement today regarding Meese's intentions in not disclosing Thomas' loan discussed. [Former Watergate cnsl. Sam. DASH - feels determining Meese's intentions are not within purview of Attorney General, but rather special prosecutor's decision.] [Senator William COHEN - agrees; explains.] [Attorney General William French SMITH - declines comment.]
REPORTER: Carl Stern