ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 10, 2002
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The criminal investigation of the energy company Enron, which recently collapsed and has deep political connections to President Bush's administration, introduced.
(White House: Terry Moran) Bush and the Enron investigation examined; details given of links between Enron chairman Kenneth Lay and Attorney General John Ashcroft and others. [BUSH - says the administration will fully investigate the Enron bankruptcy.] [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER - says the government took no action in response to Lay's phone calls.] [BUSH - denies discussing Enron's finances with Lay.] The Justice Department focus on possible insider trading and fraud noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Capitol Hill: Linda Douglass) Bush's long political relationship with Enron examined; details given of Lay's political contributions to Bush over the years. [BUSH - talks about knowing Lay.] [Texans for Public Justice Craig McDONALD - says Lay was the number one promoter of Bush's political career.] Photos shown of four men in the administration who worked for Enron.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Later coverage of the Enron retirement plan previewed.