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US-Iran Arms Scandal #100130

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 26, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Public's continued disbelief of President Reagan's stmts. on US-Iran arms scandal as indicated by polls discussed; poll findings outlined on screen. Implications for his overall approval rating noted.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President reported appointing Edmund Muskie, Brent Scowcroft and John Tower as panel to investigate scandal; details given, scenes shown. [TOWER - explains his goals as panel chairperson] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - defs. his purported ignorance of National Sec. Council (NSC) events.] [Linda POINDEXTER - jokes with press.] Silence of former national sec. advisers John Poindexter and Robert McFarlane noted. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - jokes about permanence of Marine mentality.] Shultz spokesperson's statement on secretary's expected tenure in Reagan administration mentioned. Reagan's phases since scandal first broke described.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Poll's indication that public believes scandal will spread outlined on screen.

(DC: Dennis Troute) [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - acknowledges Justice Department is investigating involvement of others in scandal.] FBI said joining Justice Department investigation. [Former NSC staff member Raymond TANTER - doesn't believe it's feasible Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North acted alone.] Legal questions raised by Poindexter-North operation listed, explained. [Representative Edward BOLAND - suspects operation's diversion of funds from Iranian arms sales to Nicaraguan Contras violated Boland amendment.] Meese said interviewing Vice President George Bush as well as President

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item announced.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Troute, Dennis

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