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US-Iran Arms Sale Controversy #100083

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 21, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Congress's reactions to CIA director William Casey's briefings on Capitol Hill today in administration's effort to ease controversy over President Reagan's secret arms deals with Iran examined; details given, scenes shown. [CASEY - denies violating law.] Findings of Representative James Wright's initial inquiries regarding deals outlined. [WRIGHT - notes other fors. beside Israel were involved.] [Senators Dan. MOYNIHAN, Sam NUNN, Robert BYRD - attack ineptness of administration's operation.] 1980 amendment to National Sec. Act quoted on screen. [Senator William PROXMIRE - thinks amendment's wording provided loophole for administration]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Key operatives in President Reagan's arms deals said conducting round of buck passing; "Los Angeles Times"' report that Secretary State George Shultz is calling for national security adviser John Poindexter's termination, former national security adviser Robert McFarlane's attack on Shultz's credibility, chief of staff Don. Regan's criticism of McFarlane cited as exs. [Voice of SHULTZ - denies newspaper's allegations.] [Monday, SHULTZ - claims lack of knowledge about operation.] [Today, McFARLANE - accuses Shultz of lying.] Regan said blaming McFarlane both for arms plan and its outcome. [McFARLANE - takes responsibility for error.] [Senators Robert BYRD, Robert DOLE - want President to also acknowledge mistake and move on.] Reagan's opposition to accepting blame mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Representative James WRIGHT - discusses Casey's briefing; notes appearance that President instructed staff to break law regarding informing Congress] Upcoming item announced.

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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