NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 08, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Defense Secretary-designate John Tower's nomination reported in jeopardy. Reports introd.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Tower reported meeting with Senators Sam Nunn and John Warner. [NUNN - expresses concern with regard to Tower's alleged drinking problem.] Sources quoted with regard to Tower's suspected role in Defense Department bribery scandal. White House attorney C. Boyden Gray reported delivering another FBI report to Senator Armed Services Committee; Senator Carl Levin's statement quoted on screen. [Senator James EXON - says he would not vote for Tower's confirmation.] Vice President Dan Quayle reported urging Senators not to abandon Tower. [Senator William COHEN - praises Tower.] Latest FBI probe noted delaying vote yet again; Republican quoted with regard to controversy's damage to Tower's leadership in Defense Department
(DC: John Cochran) President Bush reported maintaining his support of Tower nom. [TOWER - comments.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen with regard to controversy. [BUSH - defends Tower.] Medical statement noted asserting that Tower does not have alcohol problem. [BUSH - comments on situation.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, DC: John Cochran) Sources quoted with regard to short list of nominees in event of Tower withdrawal; ex-Defense Secretary Don. Rumsfeld mentioned. White House chief of staff John Sununu quoted.
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