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Iran Arms Scandal #100414

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 15, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan reported giving chief of staff Don. Regan carte blanche in his testimony before Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - explains closed door session.] Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Attorney General Edwin Meese mentioned scheduled to testify as well this week CIA director William Casey reported hospitalized this morning. [Dr. Jack STAPLETON - explains Casey's condition at present.] Implications of President's decision to allow Regan's testimony considered.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Conservative orgs. recalled running ads and commercials promoting aid to Contras and attacking Congress critics of President's Central American policy; "Lowell Sun" reported claiming ads it ran were paid for by funds skimmed from Iranian arms sales and that Colonel Oliver North was aware of scheme. [Representative Michael BARNES, Senator Patrick LEAHY - deplore possibility that funds were diverted for use in domestic United States pols.] Conservative orgs. funding publicity campaigns. said all run by Carl (Spitz) Channell and housed in same office building; orgs. listed on screen. Channell's version of events outlined. White House communications director Patrick Buchanan mentioned acknowledging mtgs. with North and Channell to discuss Contras. Spokesperson for Western Goals Fndn., one of those listed as under Channell's direction, said claiming he met with North on several occasions to discuss pro-Contra publicity and lobbying campaigns.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) At request of United States government, Switzerland reported placing temporary freeze on bank account there accessed by North, General Richard Secord (ret.) and Albert Hakim.

(San Francisco, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Questions about Hakim's role in Iran-Contra scandal said underscored by burglary of records on him from attorney Horace Dunbar's office in Cupertino, California, noted. [Lieutenant T.K. DAVIS - describes files stolen.] Hakim's background in United States and Iran and his relationship with Secord and North reviewed. FBI said declining comment on its order to classify Hakim's immigration file as secret.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Kashiwahara, Ken;
Serafin, Barry

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