NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 22, 2000
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(Studio: Brian Williams) President-elect George W. Bush's appointment of outgoing Missouri Senator John Ashcroft as Attorney General reported.
(Austin: David Gregory) Bush's nomination of Ashcroft to appease his conservative political base, questions about his choice for Secretary of Defense and his naming of Governor Christie Todd Whitman to head the EPA featured. [ASHCROFT - promises to enforce the law.] [BUSH - says he will have to be certain about his appointment.] [Cook Report Charles COOK - assesses the cabinet selections.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pete Williams) Ashcroft's background reviewed; scenes shown of Ashcroft singing; details given of his positions on abortion and technology. [Former assistant attorney general Charles COOPER - says conservatives will laud Ashcroft's appointment.] The opposition of civil rights groups to Ashcroft noted.