ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 24, 1981
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(Studio) CIA director William Casey's explanation of Senate Intelligence Committee chairperson Barry Goldwater's call for his resignation outlined.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Casey's efforts on Capitol Hill to garner support examined; his written statement quoted on screen. His meeting with Intelligence Committee vice-chairperson Senator Patrick Moynihan mentioned. Senator Ted Stevens' concern over Casey's future effectiveness as CIA director quoted on screen. [Senator William ROTH - hopes Casey will vol. resign.] [MOYNIHAN - cites seriousness of chgs. against Casey.] Positions of Senators Henry Jackson and Joseph Biden mentioned; Casey noted also meeting with Senator Howard Baker today. [CASEY - claims he will be vindicated.] Intelligence Committee said getting staff report on Casey's financial dealings Monday; details given.
REPORTER: Brit Hume
(DC) Casey's White House visit noted not include mtgs. with President Reagan or any top aides; administration reported in process of cutting him lose. Aide James Baker's survey of Senators calling for Casey's resignation discussed. [REAGAN - declines comment on issue.] White House position outlined.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson