ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 16, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Day's developments in Iran arms scandal summarized.
(DC: Brit Hume) Chief of staff Don. Regan's testimony before Senate Intelligence Committee on Iran arms scandal reported; scenes shown. [REGAN - describes session; denies knowledge of diversion of Iranian arms sale funds to Nicaraguan Contras or that Colonel Oliver North was authorized to conduct operation; claims National Sec. Council doesn't report to him; denies any personal wrongdoing.] [Senator David DURENBERGER - doesn't believe North or John Poindexter have ever been alone with President Reagan.] Senator Patrick Leahy's assessment of Regan's testimony mentioned. [Senator David BOREN - believes Regan has failed his primary responsibility to President as chief of staff; explains; wants Regan's resignation.] Senate select committee formed to investigate scandal said chaired by Senator Dan. Inouye with Senators Howell Heflin, George Mitchell, Paul Sarbanes, David Boren, Sam Nunn, Warren Rudman, Orrin Hatch, Paul Trible, James McClure and William Cohen as members Catch-22 in Regan's testimony today explained.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Limited immunity's role in legal investigations explained; details outlined on screen. President noted recommending Congress offer limited immunity to North and Poindexter in exchange for their testimony.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) Reaction to President's suggestion examined; scenes shown. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - announces Reagan's request of Senate Intelligence Committee to grant limited immunity to Poindexter and North.] [Senators Patrick LEAHY, David DURENBERGER - reject immunity concept.] Strategy behind White House request when administration knew committee would reject suggestion explained. [Nancy REAGAN - claims husband wants Poindexter and North to testify.] [Senators Robert BYRD, Warren RUDMAN -oppose granting immunity.] [Watergate prosecutor Richard BEN-VENISTE - recalls difficulty in prosecuting John Dean due to his immunity before one Senate committee ] [Senator Orrin HATCH - accuses colleagues of dragging out scandal for political gain.]
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