NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 08, 1988
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Issue of when Vice President George Bush was made aware of Panamanian strongman General Manuel Noriega's involvement with drugs reported Report introduced.
(DC: Lisa Myers) Bush's repeated stmts. that he did not know about Noriega's drug involvement until his indictment this year reported [BUSH - says we moved against him when his involvement became clear.] "New York Times" story that Bush knew in 1985 reported [Voice of ambassador to Honduras Everett BRIGGS - denies that he briefed Bush about Noriega's drug activities.] Memo about Bush-Briggs meeting quoted. Stmt. from Bush advisor Peter Teeley that Bush didn't know about issue until recently noted. [On Apr. 8, Governor Michael DUKAKIS - asks if United States was "in bed" with Noriega.] Admin. dealings with Noriega noted to be liability for Bush's presidential campaign