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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #562161

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 12, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's plan to drop drug indictments against Panama's Manuel Noriega so general would leave country reported criticized. Senator Alfonse D'Amato quoted. Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) United States attorney Leon Kellner, responsible for bringing charges against Noriega, reported going to Washington, DC to express concern with regard to Reagan's plan. [KELLNER - comments on lobbying Congress] Kellner quoted with regard to conviction possibilities for Noriega. State Department's stance on issue discussed. Attorney General Edwin Meese reported agreeing with Reagan. [Representative Charles RANGEL - says State Department prostituting justice system.] [Senator John KERRY - says administration asserting that crime pays.] [Representative Clay SHAW - describes situation.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen. [Opposition leader Aurelio BARRIA - comments on situation.] Issue's impact upon Vice President George Bush's campaign discussed. [Michael DUKAKIS - criticizes plan.] [Jesse JACKSON - condemns plan.] United States prosecutors reported hoping administration will reject plan. White House officials quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Noriega quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea

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