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Defense Department / Corruption Investigation #562781

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 16, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan reported meeting Vice President George Bush, FBI director William Sessions and Attorney General Edwin Meese to discuss Defense Department bribery investigation. Report introduced.

(DC: Carl Stern) Pentagon officials reported wearing wiretap during bribery investigation; details given, scenes shown. Ex-Justice Department criminal division chief William Weld noted ordering wiretap. Weld's reasons for not informing Meese or Reagan of investigation given. Search warrant to McDonnell Douglas quoted on screen. [Senators John WARNER and Sam NUNN - comment on scandal while quoted on screen. [MEESE - anticipates indictments.] FBI reported delivering grand jury subpoenas; FBI's strategy outlined.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) Defense Secretary Frank Carlucci reported ordering task force to study Pentagon waste and mismanagement. [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - attempts damage control.] Ex-assistant Navy Secretary Melvyn Paisley noted prime target of investigation; details of role in scandal given, friend ex-Navy Secretary John Lehman mentioned. Source quoted on screen with regard to Paisley and Lehman. Paisley and Lehman reported refusing to comment on alleged misconduct. "Revolving door" of information between Pentagon and private industry discussed. [Defense Department analyst A. Ernest FITZGERALD - says foxes ruling henhse.] Admin. officials quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Stern, Carl

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