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Iran Arms Scandal #100360

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 12, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Ann Compton) National Sec. Council staff member and former aide to Colonel Oliver North, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Earl, reported refusing to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee regarding Iran arms scandal; details given, scenes shown. [Senator David DURENBERGER - accuses North, Earl and John Poindexter of deserting cntry.; dismisses their hero status among some.] Possibility committee will summon chief of staff Don. Regan next week mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sheilah Kast) President Reagans' effort to contain attention on Iran arms controversy described; scenes shown. [REAGAN - wants all facts disclosed but won't allow business of running government to be upset.] White House mtg. between President, Michael Deaver, Robert Strauss and William Rogers to discuss President's handling of crisis and implications for chief of staff Regan noted. [Senator Robert DOLE - explains push for Reagan to ask North and Poindexter to testify.] Communications director Patrick Buchanan's assessment of President's relationship with Regan outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported silent on Justice Department's interruption of its investigation into Southern Air Transport, former CIA airlines still used for covert weapons flights to Nicaraguan Contras; department spokesperson Patrick Korten quoted on screen. Timing of investigations delay with release of hostage David Jacobsen by his captors in Lebanon noted. [CONG. - cites implication that Meese knew of Iran- Contra connection before he claims.]

Compton, Ann;
Jennings, Peter;
Kast, Sheilah;
Troute, Dennis

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