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Subseries 3. Transcripts

Scope and Content Notes:

As Attorney General of the United States, Thornburgh was regularly consulted for his opinion on legal issues and actions of the Department of Justice. He appeared frequently on TV news programs, provided information to the press at Department of Justice press conferences, and appeared before committees of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Some of the many topics here include, for example: savings and loans, white collar crime, proposed bills and laws, notable cases, Supreme Court cases, the war on drugs, violent crime, and Bush Administration policies. Of these, 81 are available here online. Those excluded are primarily from TV news programs for which we did not have permission. A notable exception are those from the "McNeil/Lehrer Newshour," from whom we kindly were granted permission for online presentation of transcripts.

The transcript files are arranged chronologically and occasionally contain correspondence and notes. The topics of the transcripts are all inclusive and provide excellent insight into the major legal issues during the time that Thornburgh served as Attorney General, 1988-1991. All DOJ press conferences and hearings have been made available. The occasions presented are, just for example: confirmation hearings, DOJ press conferences on a broad array of subjects, question and answer session regarding the United Nations Convention against drug trafficking, press briefings from foreign trips, U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committee hearings, press conferences with Soviet Minister of Justice Yakovlev, news conferences with various DOJ and FBI persons, remarks and addresses, U.S./Mexico Binational Commission press conference, symposia, and memorial services. The spontaneous content of many of these transcripts indicates the unique and valuable content made available here.


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Folder 1 Statement by President Reagan announcing the nomination of Richard L. Thornburgh to be Attorney General of the United States, and Thornburgh's remarks July 12, 1988
Folder 2 NBC "Today," with Bryant Gumbel regarding Thornburgh as AG Designate July 14, 1988
Folder 3 ABC "Good Morning America," regarding Thornburgh as AG Designate July 14, 1988
Folder 4 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," Newsmaker interview regarding Thornburgh as AG Designate July 14, 1988
Folder 5 Senate Judiciary Hearing concerning the confirmation of Richard Thornburgh as Attorney General, Morning Session August 5, 1988
Folder 6 Senate Judiciary Hearing concerning the confirmation of Richard Thornburgh as Attorney General, Afternoon Session August 5, 1988
Folder 7 NBC "Nightly News," CBS "Evening News," and ABC "World News Tonight" regarding Meese's resignation and Order for Investigations by Independent Counsels August 12, 1988
Folder 8 CBS "Face the Nation," Lesley Stahl interview regarding Thornburgh's views on his role as Attorney General August 14, 1988
Folder 9 CBS "This Morning," Harry Smith interview August 26, 1988
Folder 10 NBC "Meet the Press," Panel discussion with Chris Wallace, Moderator; David S. Broder (Washington Post), and Elizabeth Drew (New Yorker) with AG and Rep. Rangel as guests regarding the war on drugs September 11, 1988
Folder 11 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour," CBS "Evening News," NBC "Nightly News," ABC "World News Tonight," CNN, WJLA, and NPR "All Things Considered" regarding drug testing November 2, 1988
Folder 12 Proceedings of Supreme Court Case: Burnley v. Railway Labor Executives' Association November 2, 1988
Folder 13 Remarks to the meeting of Board of Directors, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC November 16, 1988
Folder 14 Statement and Question and Answer Session at United Nations' Convention against illegal drug trafficking, Vienna, Austria December 20, 1988
Folder 15 ABC "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding Oliver North January 9, 1989
Folder 16 CNN "Evans and Novak" regarding abortion, Oliver North, special prosecutors, Bennett/Drug Czar, and RICO January 14, 1989
Folder 17 DOJ Press conference with AG and Amy Brown of the Office of Public Affairs regarding the Office of Professional Responsibility January 17, 1989
Folder 18 NBC "Today" interview with AG and Commerce Secretary-Designate Mosbacher regarding George Bush's election as President January 20, 1989
Folder 19 NBC "Meet the Press" with Host John Cochran, David Broder (Washington Post) and Al Hunt (Wall Street Journal) regarding white collar crime, drugs, civil rights, abortion, gun control, and the ethics bill January 22, 1989
Folder 20 DOJ press briefing with AG and Rudy Giuliani regarding crime in the suites January 31, 1989
Folder 21 CNN "Moneyline," Lou Dobbs interview regarding white collar crime January 31, 1989
Folder 22 CBS "This Morning," Harry Smith interview regarding the White Collar Crime Task Force February 1, 1989
Folder 23 USIA "Worldnet Dialogue," with Host Miguel Bomar regarding the Vienna Narcotics Convention February 2, 1989
Folder 24 USIA Airport interview regarding Peru trip and drugs March 9, 1989
Folder 25 ABC, Timothy Ross Interview with AG, Bogot�, Columbia March 9, 1989
Folder 26 Columbian TV "Reportajes Caracol" Interview with journalist Amat March 9, 1989
Folder 27 Bogota Press Conference with DEA Administrator Lawn, Bogota, Columbia March 10, 1989
Folder 28 DOJ Press Conference with AG, Dennis, Sessions, and Romano regarding teamsters and racketeering March 13, 1989
Folder 29 ABC "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding drugs and assault weapons March 19, 1989
Folder 30 DOJ Press Conference regarding drug testing in the railroad industry and the United States Customs Service March 21, 1989
Folder 31 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" regarding Supreme Court cases on drug testing March 21, 1989
Folder 32 National Press Club Questions and Answers regarding the Three Mile Island (TMI) Incident March 28, 1989
Folder 33 DOJ Press Conference regarding "Operation Polar Cap" (Money Laundering) March 29, 1989
Folder 34 CBS "This Morning" regarding drugs, white collar crime, and RICO March 30, 1989
Folder 35 National Drug Control Policy Press Conference regarding drugs, crime, and public housing April 10, 1989
Folder 36 NBC "Today Show" regarding drugs and the Bennett Plan April 11, 1989
Folder 37 NBC "Today Show" regarding TREVI and Terrorism May 12, 1989
Folder 38 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" regarding the President's Crime Package May 15, 1989
Folder 39 CBS "This Morning" regarding the President's Crime Package May 16, 1989
Folder 40 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the American Bar Association (ABA) nomination process June 2, 1989
Folder 41 CBS "Face the Nation," Lesley Stahl interview regarding William Gray and DOJ leaks June 4, 1989
Folder 42 "McLaughlin's One on One" regarding savings and loans, William Gray, and Strike Force June 23, 1989
Folder 43 CBS "This Morning" regarding flag burning June 28, 1989
Folder 44 ABC, "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding flag burning July 2, 1989
Folder 45 DOJ press conference regarding fraud in the savings and loan industry July 5, 1989
Folder 46 CNN "Evans and Novak" regarding abortion and flag burning July 8, 1989
Folder 47 National Press Club Press Conference regarding the results of anti-drug initiative conducted by federal and local law enforcement agencies, Washington, DC July 17, 1989
Folder 48 DOJ press conference regarding the U.S. Attorney's report on drug trafficking, Washington, DC August 3, 1989
Folder 49 CNN "Newswatch" regarding drug trafficking August 15, 1989
Folder 50 NBC "Meet the Press" with Host John Cochran, Robert Novak (Syndicated Columnist) and Nina Totenberg (National Public Radio) regarding drugs August 20, 1989
Folder 51 CBS "This Morning" regarding war on drugs in Columbia August 21, 1989
Folder 52 CBS "This Morning" regarding war on drugs in Columbia August 23, 1989
Folder 53 Address to the Federal Bar Association Annual Convention, 30th Annual Tom C. Clark Awards Luncheon, Washington, DC regarding drugs and organized crime August 25, 1989
Folder 54 CNN "Newsmaker Saturday" regarding the war on drugs in Columbia August 26, 1989
Folder 55 CBS "Face the Nation" with Host Bill Plante regarding the war on drugs August 27, 1989
Folder 56 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" regarding war on drugs in Columbia August 28, 1989
Folder 57 Address to the Voice of America International Drug Conference (includes Questions and Answers) October 4, 1989
Folder 58 NBC, "Today Show" regarding the EPA's release on the Clean Water Act October 5, 1989
Folder 59 DOJ press briefing regarding various topics October 5, 1989
Folder 60 Press Conference with Soviet Minister of Justice Yakovlev October 19, 1989
Folder 61 ABC, "Good Morning America" regarding Thornburgh's trip to the Soviet Union October 23, 1989
Folder 62 CBS, "Nightwatch" regarding Thornburgh's trip to the Soviet Union October 25, 1989
Folder 63 NPR, "Weekend Edition" regarding Thornburgh's trip to the Soviet Union November 4, 1989
Folder 64 DOJ briefing regarding Dunne's appointment appropriations and other topics November 29, 1989
Folder 65 Press Conference with Jack Lawn regarding Rodriguez Gacha December 6, 1989
Folder 66 News Conference with FBI Director Sessions announcing 27-city attack on savings and loan fraud December 7, 1989
Folder 67 CNN interview regarding Rodriguez Gacha December 7, 1989
Folder 68 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding savings and loans December 8, 1989
Folder 69 CBS "This Morning" regarding Noriega January 4, 1990
Folder 70 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding Noriega January 4, 1990
Folder 71 NBC "Today Show" regarding Noriega January 4, 1990
Folder 72 CNN interview regarding Noriega January 4, 1990
Folder 73 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" regarding Noriega January 4, 1990
Folder 74 Remarks to the first meeting of the Federal Government's Organized Crime Council January 17, 1990
Folder 75 Questions and Answers at the Federalist Society Conference January 19, 1990
Folder 76 NPR "Question Time" with Totenberg and Schorr regarding various topics February 6, 1990
Folder 77 Press availability with the AG and British Home Secretary Waddington regarding drugs February 12, 1990
Folder 78 CNN, "Evans & Novak" regarding war on drugs and organized crime February 17, 1990
Folder 79 Press Conference regarding the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska February 27, 1990
Folder 80 Address to the Simon Wiesenthal Center National Leadership Conference regarding civil rights and Jewish issues (includes questions and answers) March 6, 1990
Folder 81 Speech and questions and answers at the Godfrey Sperling Breakfast regarding multiple issues March 7, 1990
Folder 82 Testimony at the hearing of the Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary House Appropriations Committee regarding appropriations for Fiscal Year 1991 March 8, 1990
Folder 83 Press Conference regarding the indictment of opium warlord Khun Sa. March 15, 1990
Folder 84 Remarks to the Voice of America Drug Workshop March 19, 1990
Folder 85 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Justice Department budget April 3, 1990
Folder 86 Foreign Press Center briefing regarding trip to Ixtapa, Mexico April 17, 1990
Folder 87 CNN "Newsmaker Saturday" regarding crime in the USA April 28, 1990
Folder 88 Hearing of the House Judiciary Committee regarding Reauthorization for Fiscal Year 1991 May 16, 1990
Folder 89 ABC "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding the Civil Rights Bill and Ayer's resignation May 20, 1990
Folder 90 Press conference at the FBI regarding proposed changes in the President's Crime Package May 23, 1990
Folder 91 CBS "Face the Nation" regarding savings and loans and civil rights June 24, 1990
Folder 92 Press availability with Business Higher Education Council leaders regarding minorities June 25, 1990
Folder 93 Speech to the Heritage Foundation regarding "The Soviet Union and the Rule of Law" (including questions and answers) July 10, 1990
Folder 94 Press conference with Marvin Collins regarding indictment of Edwin T. McBirney III of Sunbelt Savings Associations July 11, 1990
Folder 95 NBC "Today Show" regarding savings and loans July 12, 1990
Folder 96 ABC "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding Neil Bush and the "Super Scandal: The Savings and Loans Bailout" July 15, 1990
Folder 97 News conference with John Sununu regarding the Civil Rights Bill of 1990 July 17, 1990
Folder 98 CBS "This Morning" regarding Civil Rights Bill of 1990 July 20, 1990
Folder 99 ABC "Nightline" regarding David Souter's Supreme Court nomination July 23, 1990
Folder 100 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding David Souter's Supreme Court nomination July 24, 1990
Folder 101 CNN Interview regarding savings and loans and David Souter's Supreme Court nomination July 24, 1990
Folder 102 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding banking fraud July 24, 1990
Folder 103 National Press Club Address: "Box Score on the Savings and Loans" (including questions and answers) July 25, 1990
Folder 104 Excerpts from remarks following signing of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) July 26, 1990
Folder 105 Address at the Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council regarding civil rights, crime, drugs, firearms, and David Souter's Supreme Court nomination July 27, 1990
Folder 106 Hearing of the Senate Banking Committee regarding bank and thrift fraud August 2, 1990
Folder 107 John McLaughlin's "One on One" regarding Iraq and Kuwait August 3, 1990
Folder 108 ABC Interview with Walt Rogers regarding Iraq and Kuwait, Henry Barr, Gray leak, and violent crime August 8, 1990
Folder 109 U.S./ Mexico Binational Commissions press conference with Secretary Brady regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Dr. Alvarez Machain August 8, 1990
Folder 110 Remarks by the AG and Soviet Minister of Justice Veniamin Yakovlev during Opening Plenary Session of Justice Conference August 13, 1990
Folder 111 AG and Soviet Minister of Justice Veniamin Yakovlev regarding the Rule of Law and subjects of mutual interest August 13, 1990
Folder 112 Remarks at Robert Bonner's swearing-in ceremony as Administrator of DEA August 16, 1990
Folder 113 Joint American and Russian Conference with Soviet Minister of Justice Veniamin F. Yakovlev August 17, 1990
Folder 114 C-Span Call-In Interview regarding civil rights, David Souter's Supreme Court nomination, savings and loans crisis, Henry Barr, Noriega, gun control, drugs, Nazi war criminals, and white collar crime August 22, 1990

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Folder 1 White House statement regarding the Crime Bill September 12, 1990
Folder 2 Symposium regarding The Role of the Attorney General September 17, 1990
Folder 3 Address to the Voice of America Drug Workshop (including questions and answers) September 24, 1990
Folder 4 Press Conference regarding Crime Bill September 26, 1990
Folder 5 Remarks to the Redress Payments ceremony for Japanese American Internment victims October 9, 1990
Folder 6 CNN "The World Today" regarding Civil Rights Act October 22, 1990
Folder 7 Press Conference regarding the Indictment against Jarrett E. Woods, Jr of Western Savings Association October 25, 1990
Folder 8 Opening remarks at the Financial Institution Fraud Enforcement Conference November 6, 1990
Folder 9 Remarks at the Combined Federal Campaign kickoff November 6, 1990
Folder 10 Press Conference regarding Indictment in Mail Bomb Murders November 7, 1990
Folder 11 Memorial services for FBI special agents November 14, 1990
Folder 12 Symposium regarding the 25th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act November 16, 1990
Folder 13 Press conference regarding signing a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Spain November 20, 1990
Folder 14 White House briefing regarding meeting with Mexican officials November 27, 1990
Folder 15 Law Enforcement Training Network (LETN) Question and Answer and interview February 7, 1991
Folder 16 Press Conference regarding Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL) February 28, 1991
Folder 17 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding violent crime March 4, 1991
Folder 18 Closing remarks at the 1991 Crime Summit March 5, 1991
Folder 19 "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" regarding crime March 11, 1991
Folder 20 Press Conference regarding settlement of Exxon Alaskan Oil Spill Case March 13, 1991
Folder 21 NBC "Meet the Press" regarding crime, punishment and police brutality March 17, 1991
Folder 22 CBS, "This Morning" regarding the civil rights bill, crime bill, and gun control April 4, 1991
Folder 23 CNN "Newsmaker Sunday" regarding "The President's Crime Bill: Does It Go Far Enough?" April 7, 1991
Folder 24 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding the crime bill and gun control April 10, 1991
Folder 25 Hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding "Crime Control: The Administration's View" April 18, 1991
Folder 26 CNN "Crier & Co." regarding Victims Crime Week April 19, 1991
Folder 27 CBS "This Morning," and ABC regarding Victims Crime Week April 21, 1991
Folder 28 CBS "This Morning" regarding Victims Crime Week and the Brady Bill April 22, 1991
Folder 29 Address by President Bush and the Attorney General at the signing ceremony for National Crime Victims Rights Week April 22, 1991
Folder 30 U.S. Conference of Mayors, Fifth Annual Meeting on Crime and Drugs regarding "Cracking Down on Violent Crime" (including questions and answers) April 23, 1991
Folder 31 NPR "All Things Considered" regarding Supreme Court Victim Impact Statements April 24, 1991
Folder 32 CBS "Evening News" regarding Supreme Court Victim Impact Statements April 24, 1991
Folder 33 ABC WJLA-TV, Channel 7 regarding Victim Impact Statements April 24, 1991
Folder 34 Proceedings of Supreme Court Case: Payne v. Tennessee April 24, 1991
Folder 35 Fox WTTG-TV, Channel 5 regarding Victim Impact Statements April 24, 1991
Folder 36 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding Victim Impact Statements April 25, 1991
Folder 37 ABC "World News This Morning" regarding Victim Impact Statements April 25, 1991
Folder 38 CBS "Eyewitness News" regarding Legal Advocates in Education April 26, 1991
Folder 39 Address to Annual Judicial Conference, Chicago April 29, 1991
Folder 40 ABC, Interview with Tim O'Brien regarding Miranda May 1991
Folder 41 Press Conference regarding Antitrust College Investigation May 22, 1991
Folder 42 ABC "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding Civil Rights Bill June 2, 1991
Folder 43 Remarks by President Bush regarding Thornburgh's plans to become a candidate for Senate June 4, 1991
Folder 44 ABC Interview with Tim O'Brien regarding the Miranda rule June 12, 1991
Folder 45 Fox "Morning News" regarding the Crime Bill June 13, 1991
Folder 46 McNeil/Lehrer "News Hour" with Senator Biden regarding the Crime Bill June 13, 1991
Folder 47 ABC "This Week with David Brinkley" regarding the Supreme Court after Marshall June 30, 1991
Folder 48 NBC "Meet the Press" regarding the Supreme Court June 30, 1991
Folder 49 ABC "Good Morning America" regarding Clarence Thomas' Nomination to the Supreme Court July 2, 1991
Folder 50 NPR Interview with Claudil Sanchez regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) July 23, 1991
Folder 51 CBS "Face the Nation" regarding BCCI August 4, 1991
Folder 52 Press Conference regarding Weed and Seed (new anti-drug initiative) August 7, 1991
Folder 53 Remarks of President Bush to the Fraternal Order of Police regarding Thornburgh's achievements for law enforcement August 14, 1991
Folder 54 Farewell Ceremony honoring Attorney General Thornburgh August 15, 1991
Folder 55 CNN "Evans and Novak" regarding Attorney General Thornburgh running for Senate August 17, 1991
Folder 56 Meeting with Jack Torry, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Reporter, regarding responsibilities as Attorney General undated