ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 28, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Jarriel) Senate Intelligence Committee reported announcing formal investigation into Reagan administration's covert arms sales to Iran and diversion of funds from sales to Nicaraguan Contras.
(DC: John Scali) Committee's initial focus said CIA's arms shipments for National Sec. Council (NSC) to Iran before President Reagan authorized them; committee 's reaction to CIA director William Casey's recent testimony noted. Scenes shown. [Senator David DURENBERGER - explains committee 's interest] Durenberger and Senator Patrick Leahy reported writing Reagan regarding need for all government agencies to preserve pertinent documents. [LEAHY - is concerned for security of some documents; doesn't believe Colonel Oliver North acted alone.] Casey's remarks to committee last week outlined.
(Studio: Tom Jarriel) Report introduced.
(Santa Barbara, California: Sheilah Kast) President said directing staff to cooperate with inquiries by Attorney General Edwin Meese and the Tower commission; details given, scenes shown. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - is uncertain as to degree of cooperation with House For. Affairs Committee's request to interview former NSC director John Poindexter or committee 's request for White House documents.] "Los Angeles Times" report quoting North aide regarding Regan's knowledge of funds diverted to Contras outlined.
(Studio: Tom Jarriel) "Los Angeles Times" said also claiming North agreed to be scapegoat for administration should scheme be discovered. Oregon arms dealer Richard Brenneke reported claiming Vice President George Bush was possibly aware of Iran arms deals; details given, scenes shown. Response of Bush's military aide outlined. Upcoming item announced.
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