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Iran Arms Scandal #100199

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 30, 1986
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[Bypassed introduction]

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Jeanne Meserve) (Temporary loss of audio.) Bipartisan Congress support for formation of select committee to investigate President Reagan's Iran arms scandal noted. [Courtesy "This Wk.", Senator Robert DOLE - favors such a move.] [Senator Robert BYRD - agrees.] [DOLE - wants special session of Congress called.] Byrd mentioned disagreeing with that recommendation. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - dismisses need for special session of Congress] Harry Truman recalled last President to call special session of Congress; select Watergate committee remembered. [LEAHY, BYRD - cite powers of and need for special prosecutor.] Attorney General Edwin Meese mentioned only one capable of officially requesting appointed of independent cnsl.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Kenneth Walker) President's continued silence on issue noted; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - promises full disclosure later.] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - reiterates President's statement] Reagan's remarks on controversy in "Time", include praise of Colonel Oliver North, quoted on screen, discussed. [Courtesy "This Wk.", DOLE, "Meet the Press", Senators Richard LUGAR, Dan. MOYNIHAN - call for President to take immediate action.] [Vice President George BUSH - denies involvement in Iran-Contra scheme.] Bush's comments on scandal in "Time" quoted on screen.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson, Brit Hume) Pols. underlying Dole's call for special session of Congress and Byrd's opposition and potential for repeat of Watergate-style investigation discussed; Leahy's attitude described.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) John Ehrlichman's advice to Reagan, in "Newsweek", outlined, quoted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Meserve, Jeanne;
Walker, Kenneth.

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