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Meese / Confirmation Hearings #88956

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 11, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Edwin Meese, nominated as Attorney General, recalled anticipating criticism of his civil rights record during confirmation hearings. [MEESE - claims to oppose discrimination.] [NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) local director Althea SIMMONS - believes Meese will be attorney for President, not the people.] Senator Howard Metzenbaum's interest in Meese's personal financial dealings reviewed. [METZENBAUM - questions legitimacy of business deal.] [MEESE - defs. affair.] Thomas Barrack, California realtor, recalled made then-Interior Secretary James Watt's assistant after coordinating sale of Meese's California home; details given. [BARRACK - denies government job was due to aid to Meese.] Meese's personal financial problems in Washington, DC and aid given by consultant John McKean, later named to a govt post, described. [MEESE - denies relationship between McKean's appointed and his earlier loan to Meese.] [McKEAN - agrees.] Representative Don. Albosta's discovery of government memorandums implicating Meese in knowledge at least about pilfered 1980 briefing papers of Jimmy Carter recalled. [President REAGAN - notes lack of FBI evidence of wrongdoing.] Democrats on Senator Judiciary Committee thought possibly seeking special investigator.
REPORTER: Ann Compton


(Studio) Mobil Oil's agreement to purchase Superior Oil announced.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Compton, Ann;
Donaldson, Sam

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