June 21, 1988 – The Pentagon Bribery Case: A Whiff Of Scandal – A Blizzard Of Subpoenas
June 21, 1988 – Another day, another Washington scandal. This one involving the Pentagon. Defense Secretary reportedly reassigned some five top Pentagon officials to other assignments as the Bribery scandal continued to unfold. As of this day, some 270 subpoenas were already issued, with no end in sight. A number of Pentagon officials were under investigation for soliciting bribes in exchange for rewarding lucrative contracts for Defense work. The investigation had suddenly taken on a life of its own as the true extent of the scandal was being revealed and was continuing to grow. With 270 Grand Jury subpoenas already issued, it was still hard to tell if more were on the way, as the massive body of evidence and seized documents were being carefully gone over by investigators.
Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill – Senator Charles Grassley charged Attorney General Meese of “turning its back” on corruption evidence in the Pentagon case and muzzled its Department Of Defense investigators testimony about Pentagon fraud. Meese insisted his department had given Defense Fraud the “highest priority”, but a still unsatisfied Grassley planned to hold a news conference with investigators he said “could have made the corruption case years ago”.
In Haiti; things were reported quiet this morning, as General Henri Namphy, who had seized power in Haiti in a coup earlier in the week, declared himself President of the poverty-stricken island nation. Namphy seized control from democratically elected President Leslie Manigat, who was forced to flee to The Dominican Republic. The Haitian coup was denounced by the U.S. State Department which noted the U.S. drug indictment against Col. Jean-Claud Paul, whose group was defeated by Namphy’s forces and who suddenly switched sides, later appearing at Namphy’s side. The anger and despair over the events in Haiti resonated all the way to Miami, where the Haitian refugee population staged loud protests over one more attack on democracy.
And that’s just a little of what happened, this June 21, 1988 – as presented by the CBS World News Roundup.