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ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 04, 1980
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(Studio) 8 Congress members reported charged in bribery sting operation by FBI. Watergate recalled. House and Senator actions noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Reaction of Tip O'Neill noted. [Majority leader Jim WRIGHT - speaks of investigation.] House and Senator Ethics Committee's action noted. Film shown. Evidence against 8 members cited; names on screen: Harrison Williams, John Jenrette, John Murtha, John Murphy, Michael Myers, Raymond Lederer, Frank Thompson, Richard Kelly. Alleged misdeeds noted. Film shown.] [MURPHY - denies chgs.] [KELLY - denies chgs.] Disciplinary action for improprieties said congress prerogative.
REPORTER: Brit Hume (House television news coverage)

(DC) [Justice Department spokesperson Robert SMITH - criticizes news media for exposure of sting operation.] Details of operation given. Film shown. Role of Abdul Enterprises noted. Videotaping of operations noted. Further investigations anticipated.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

Hume, Brit;
O'Brien, Tim;
Reynolds, Frank

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