ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 24, 1980
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(Studio) Senator reported deciding to investigate Billy Carter's dealings with Libyans and extent and nature of White House involvement; details given. White House said indicating that President Carter might testify.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(DC) Mtg. in Senate majority leader Robert Byrd's office today reportedchoosing Senators Birch Bayh and Strom Thurmond to head special investigatory committee ; details given, film shown. Watergate mentioned. Name of committee transcribed on screen. [THURMOND, BAYH - comment.] House television tape shown; House majority leader James Wright noted calling off customary time allotted for short speeches at beginning of each session. [Representative Bud SHUSTER - comments.]
REPORTER: Brit Hume
(DC) President Carter said pledging full cooperation with Senate committee; White House statement outlined on screen; details given of meeting arranged by Billy Carter on November 27, 1979, between Zbigniew Brzezinski& Libyan charge d'affairs Ali Houderi with regard to Iran crisis. 2nd meeting on December 6 with Houderi said possibly include President Carter himself; details given. 3rd mtg. on December 12 between Brzeznski and Houderi with regard to hostage crisis noted. Press Sec. Jody Powell's response with regard to presidential meeting outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(DC) Unanswered questions with regard to Billy Carter's relationship with Libyans and possibly with brother's administration; Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti quoted re: possible tip-off to Billy about Justice Department investigation. [CIVILETTI - comments.] Reasons for not prosecuting Billy mentioned; Billy's ù& Jody Powell's response to allegations that Billy Carter lobbied with administration on behalf of Thomas L. Jordan and planes for Libya noted. Release of 2 Boeing planes to Libya despite objections of then-Secretary of State Cyrus Vance mentioned. Question of Brzezinski-Billy Carter relationship considered; Powell quoted.
REPORTER: David Ensor
(Studio) Billy Carter's financial troubles with IRS (Internal Revenue Service) outlined; upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr
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