NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 22, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reports introd.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) White House aides quoted with regard to President Reagan's attitude toward Attorney General Edwin Meese's legal problems. Reagan shown indicating Meese shouldn't resign. [Ex-dep. attorney general Arnold BURNS - comments on what he told Reagan.] Reagan, White House chief of staff Howard Baker, Vice President George Bush, Burns and William Weld reported meeting to discuss Meese. Burns and Weld quoted on screen. Meesenoted persuading Reagan that Justice Department operating effectively. [Ex-Reagan-Bush campaign manager Ed ROLLINS - comments on Meese as liability for Bush campaign] Reagan noted supporting Meese despite warnings from administration officials that he should resign.
(DC: Carl Stern) Justice Department aides shown bidding farewell to Arnold Burns; more resignations expected. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - predicts more resignations.] Indep. council James McKay noted not expected to indict Meese, though report predicted to be critical of his improprieties. Meese's association with E. Robert Wallach and West Franklyn Chinn recalled. William Weld noted asserting Meese was bribed by Wallach and Chinn; Mario Biaggi mentioned. Justice Department officials quoted with regard to vacancies and operations. FBI director William Sessions quoted. Indep. investigations of McKay and Lawrence Walsh noted requiring FBI agents; nos. required given. Meese noted scheduling official trips for summer mos.