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US-Iran Arms Scandal #100120

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 25, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Latest developments in US-Iran arms scandal summarized.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's news conference today featured; scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies knowledge of 1 aspect of controversy; announces resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and termination of NSC staff member Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North.] Attorney General Edwin Meese's weekend investigation said revealing money paid by Iran, through Israel, for US weapons was sent to Nicaraguan Contras; details given. Contra leader Adolfo Calero reported funnelling money through his Swiss bank accts. Alleged roles in scheme of North, Poindexter and Robert McFarlane described. [MEESE - claims Poindexter failed to notify anyone else, include President] Focus of Attorney General's official inquiry outlined. [MEESE - defs. administration] Poindexter's literal and administrative proximity to President described. [REAGAN - denies he made mistake.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Backgrounds of Poindexter and North reviewed; details given, scenes shown. Their involvement in United States policy toward Libya and in Central American cited.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) National security council (NSC) examined; scenes shown. [Former CIA director Stansfield TURNER - believes NSC deliberately circumvented law requiring CIA's covert operations be reported to Congress] Henry Kissinger's China (PR) trip, United States efforts to destabilize Chile's government, Bay of Pigs under John F. Kennedy recalled NSC operations. [Former NSC chairperson Brent SCOWCROFT - explains NSC's purpose.] State, Defense and joint chiefs of staff said kept in dark by Reagan's NSC. [Henry KISSINGER - describes needed Poindexter successor.] [Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - cites need for effective President leadership.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Alton Keel reported named interim national security adviser. McFarlane's statement on diversion of Iranian arms funds to Contras quoted. Upcoming item announced.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Zelnick, Bob

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