NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Reports introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s defiance in the face of criticism over corruption in Iraq’s oil-for-food program featured; details given of son Kojo Annan’s involvement with contractor Cotecna and document shredding by Annan’s former chief of staff. [ANNAN – replies “hell no” when asked if he will quit.] [Representative Christopher SHAYS- calls for Annan to step down if he can’t get his family to cooperate.] [Independent inquiry committee chairman Paul VOLCKER- criticizes Annan for an insufficient investigation.] [Heritage Foundation U.N. expert Nile GARDINER- says there are too many unanswered questions.] The investigation into claims that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein smuggled oil to his neighbors with the approval of the U.N. and the administrations of former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton noted.