ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 22, 1984
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(Studio) Attorney General-nominee Edwin Meese reported requesting appointed of special prosecutor to investigate suggestions that he arranged federal appts. for friends who did him personal favors.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(DC) President Reagan's response to questions regarding Meese during photo session with French President Francois Mitterrand noted. [REAGAN - declines comment.] Meese, following meeting with Reagan, said submitting written request for special prosecutor to Attorney General William French Smith; his and Reagan's letters quoted on screen. [Senator Arlen SPECTER - claims Meese's motives are sound.] Senator Judiciary Committee noted also seeking investigation of Meese's personal fin. dealings. [Senator Joseph BIDEN - questions Meese's ability to politically survive investigation process.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) Meese's political future discussed.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel, Sam Donaldson
(DC) Revelations leading to Meese's confirmation problems reviewed. [March 1, Senator Strom THURMOND - acknowledges questions about Meese's personal fins.] Discovery that Meese associates who made personal loans to him and his wife Ursula have received government appts. since examined; Biotech Capital Corp., in which the Meeses' invested with borrowed money, noted later recing. government loan during official moratorium on such loans. Gretchen and Edwin Thomas, responsible for loan to Meese's wife, and their son noted subsequently recing. government appts. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - questions if anyone loaning Meese significant sums in recent years hasn't received federal job.] Four others loaning Meese money noted also receive government posts; cant. investigations into Meese's questionable Army reserve promotion and his possible role in Jimmy Carter's pilfered briefing books noted.
REPORTER: Jack Smith
(Studio) Walter Mondale's criticism of Reagan administration's lack of ethical conduct, as illustrated by Meese and CIA director William Casey controversies, noted. [MONDALE - considers it "the sleaze factor."]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel