NBC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported firing press secretary Terry Eastland. [EASTLAND - comments on Meese.] Meese's chief speech writer, William Schambra reported resigning in protest to Eastland's dismissal. [MEESE - says it was necessary to fire Eastland.] Justice Department officials reported indicating that Meese was distressed with regard to cartoon depicting him as crooked. Eastland noted notconcerned with cartoons. Indep. council James McKay's critical report noted expected this month Ex-Justice Department officials Arnold Burns and William Weld mentioned giving unflattering testimony with regard to Meese. Eastland's frustration with regard to Meese's legal problems noted. [Ex-Justice Department official Gary McDOWELL - says Eastland's dismissal worst mistake Meese ever made.] Patrick Korten noted Eastland's replacement. [KORTEN - comments on new position.] Meese reported missing financial disclosure deadline and getting extension until June.