ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 22, 1980
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(Studio) Speculation about Billy Carter's relationship with Libya and possible role of President Carter's aides said intensifying.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(DC) White House statement on affair said indicating President was aware of situation prior to its public scrutiny last wk; details outlined on screen with regard to national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski's involvement in situation due to Iran hostage crisis. Background to Billy Carter's association with Libya, include its President Muammar Kadhafi, leading to his registration with Justice Department as foreign agent examined; films, photos shown. Carter said involved in attempting to secure incrd. oil allocations for Florida company, Charter Security Life. [July 15, on "Nightline", Billy CARTER - discusses situation.] Events of June 10, include Carter's contact with Brzezinski and White House cnsl. Lloyd Cutler outlined. [July 15, on "Nightline", CARTER - says he hasn't discussed matter with brother] [July 17, President CARTER - notes his recommendation to Billy a few days ago.] [Today, Billy CARTER - comments on brother] Remaining unexplained issue outlined.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Allegation that Billy Carter's efforts on behalf of Charter were under influence of Robert Vesco discussed; details given, films, photos shown. Alleged role of Libyans, desiring C-130s from United States government incld. in discussion.
REPORTER: David Ansora
(Studio) Senator and House reported calling for complete investigation of Carter's dealings with Libyans.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(DC) Basis of congress concern outlined. [Senator Robert DOLE - comments; mentions Watergate.] Issue said going before Senator Judiciary Committee, the chairperson of which, Edward Kennedy, reported disqualifying himself due to his political contest with President Carter; details given. Large number of Representatives noted signing resolution calling for President to reveal all he knows about brother' s business dealings; House television tape shown. [Representatives Robert DORNAN, Bud SHUSTER - comment.] Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti said sending word to Capitol Hill that all information requested by Republicans will be made available shortly.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin