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Billy Carter Affair #66839

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 31, 1980
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(Studio) Billy Carter reported denying that he claimed he was shown State Department cables by brother Jimmy; Billy also said questioning the veracity of Justice Department official making such claim.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) [In Americus, Georgia, Billy CARTER - denies having cables; comments on Joel Lisker, Jimmy Carter.] Lisker's response noted; House memembers' assessment of Justice Department information with regard to Billy Carter's receipt of money from Libya outlined on screen. [Representative Harold VOLKMER - comments.] Senate subcommittee investigating Carter noted beginning hearings next week; details given.

(DC) White House reported releasing all State Department cables concerning Billy Carter's 1978 trip to Libya; details given. Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted; cables discussed, quoted in part on screen. Most cables said declassified in 1979 by request of Jack Anderson under Freedom of Information Act. Senator Robert Byrd, attending ceremony with President Carter re: conversion of coal to oil, noted not praising Carter's role in project; details given.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Survey results of Democrat Senators with regard to open convention, Jimmy Carter's chances in their states outlined.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Reynolds, Frank

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