A niece of Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., testified... - 1980-10-23

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F218.png A niece of Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., testified... October 23, 1980, Alice Noble, UPI

ST. LOUIS -- A niece of Sen. Thomas F. Eagleton, D-Mo., testified Thursday she wanted one of Eagleton's lawyers to believe she had damaging information about her uncle that she would make public if the senator did not buy $220,000 in stock from her.

The niece, Elizabeth Weigand, made the admission for the first time in open court during her federal extortion trial.

She was asked by government prosecutors if she wanted J.J. Thyson, manager of an Eagleton family business, to think she would disseminate harmful information about the senator if Eagleton did not buy her interest in the business.


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