On This Day In 1980: Senate Votes To Investigate Billy Carter : It's All Politics Twenty-nine years ago today, the Senate opens an investigation into First Brother Billy Carter's relationship with Libya.

On This Day In 1980: Senate Votes To Investigate Billy Carter

July 24, 1980:

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The Senate unanimously votes to set up a panel to investigate Billy Carter's business dealings with Libya. The action comes ten days after the Justice Department disclosed that Carter, brother of President Jimmy Carter, had registered as a foreign agent representing the Libya, well after he received $220,000 from that country's government.

Billy Carter denied any wrongdoing and said he had made a complete disclosure on all his dealings with the Arab nation.

In 1978, he announced he was a friend of Libya and had visited the country, with all expenses paid by the Libyan government. Previous letters from the Justice Department urging that he register as a foreign agent were ignored by the president's brother. A DoJ report released in November of 1980 said that President Carter, despite claims to the contrary, failed to cooperate fully with the investigation.

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