ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 01, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Senate Intelligence Committee and Tower commission noted among those investigating Iran arms scandal; President Reagan, in "Time", noted blaming scandal on press.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) [REAGAN - promises Tower commission's investigation of National Security Council will be open; cites his support for Justice Department's inquiry; will accept Department's recommendation, if it comes, for appointed of independent counsel.] Commission members said John Tower, Brent Scowcroft and Edmund Muskie. Tower recalled once Robert McFarlane's boss and his brother-in-law said an arms dealer. [TOWER - explains commission's purpose as opposed to Attorney General Edwin Meese's investigation.] [SCOWCROFT - agrees.] [MUSKIE - describes President's mood during their meeting] Reagan's remarks last week in "Time" quoted on screen, discussed. [REAGAN - responds to Senator Robert Dole's call for special session of Congress to consider scandal.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings, Sam Donaldson) Possible factors underlying Reagan's apparent change of attitude considered; Lyndon Johnson's experience with Vietnam war, Richard Nixon's with Watergate and Jimmy Carter's with Iran hostage crisis cited as examples.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Brit Hume) Senate intelligence Committee reported beginning its formal investigation with testimony by McFarlane and Colonel Oliver North; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Robert BYRD - dismisses need for special session of Congress; explains.] [DOLE - cites Republican party's stake in calling special session.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Reagan's praise of North, in "Time", outlined, quoted.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Incr. pressure on Meese to appointed special counsel to investigate scandal said growing, include FBI director William Webster's support of move; details given, scenes shown. Status of Meese and FBI investigations outlined; Vice President George Bush mentioned unaware of when he will be called to testify.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Item recapped at end of broadcast
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