In the United States, President Carter declared in a broadcast news conference that he had no advance knowledge of payments made by Libya to his brother Billy Carter.
SCU President Carter speaking
SCU & SV Reporter asking question as Carter listens (3 shots)
SCU President Carter speaking
SCU Billy Carter watching live broadcast of President Carter's news conference
CU Carter speaking on television screen ZOOM OUT TO Billy Carter watching, surrounded by other people
CU Billy Carter speaking
SVs Billy Carter watching broadcast of President Carter's news conference (2 shots)
SCU Billy Carter speaking to reporters
SVs Members of Senate Special Sub Committee investigating 'Billygate' affair, watching broadcast of Carter's news conference in office at Capitol Hill (4 shots)
SCU Senator Robert Dole (Republican, Kansas) speaking
SV Senator Claiborne Pell (Democrat, Rhode Island) speaking
CARTER: "We have made as thorough an investigation as is possible and the facts are available for the committees of Congress and for the public to examine. They will show that neither I nor any member of my administration has violated any law or committed any impropriety."
REPORTER: "Don't you think that by using your brother Billy Carter at least as an emissary to make a contact with a foreign government, don't you feel that it might have been better judgement to have used a trained diplomat in the capacity?"
CARTER: "No, not in that particular instance concerning the hostages. We were using trained diplomats. Immediately after the hostages were seized this became an absolute total obsession of mine to get those hostages released. We inventoried every possibility of influence on the Iranians to induce them to release their hostages safely and immediately."
CHASE: "Billy Carter was sombre as he listened to the President describe on national television how Billy had embarrassed him with his Libyan dealings. Afterwards Billy Carter said his Libyan affairs are over."
BILLY CARTER: "I have said that I have no association with the Libyans now. I don't know whether I will have in the future. I still have some friends that are Libyan."
CHASE: "The President had announced that Billy Carter was prepared to explain how he spent the two hundred and twenty thousand dollars (U.S.) from the Libyans. Billy Carter said that was not true."
BILLY CARTER: "No I have not talked to him about the money from Libya and I don't plan to talk to him about anything including my personal affairs."
HUME: "The President's news conference was of vital interest to members of the special Senate sub-committee investigating the Billy Carter case, and several of them stayed late in their Capitol Hill offices to watch on television. Their reactions later split generally along party lines. First the Republicans."
DOLE: "Well, I think it continues that feeling in America that the President is a good man, a decent man, but somehow just does not have the judgement needed to be the President of the United States."
HUME: "Now, the Democrats."
PELL: "I think he enhanced his image of being an honest man, open and honourable."
REPORTER: REBECCA CHASE/BRETT HUME
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Background: In the United States, President Carter declared in a broadcast news conference that he had no advance knowledge of payments made by Libya to his brother Billy Carter. The President was making an effort to end the controversy over his brother's activities by making all the information he has about the issue available to investigating committees and the public. President Carter faces the Democratic Party's nominating convention next week and some observers believed the controversy threatened to spoil his chances of winning the nomination. A national television audience saw his news conference, and Rebecca Chase and Brett Hume reported on the reaction.