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Iran Arms Scandal #100471

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sheilah Kast) Colonel Oliver North's response to White House pressure to get him and John Poindexter to testify noted. [NORTH - comments on Nancy Reagan's remarks, White House effort to portray him in negative light.] White House spokesperson Rusty Brashear quoted on screen regarding President's call for limited immunity for North and Poindexter. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - denies considering resignation.] Admin.'s sheltering of President from media described; photos shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Robert McFarlane's return to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee examined; details given, scenes shown. [McFARLANE - claims President Reagan approved arms shipments to Iran in August 1985.] Possible implications of chief of staff Regan's version of events explained. [Senator Dennis DeCONCINI - cites continued contradictions.] [REGAN - comments on President's timing of approving shipments.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - cites remaining unanswered questions despite their investigation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Attorney General Edwin Meese said claiming his order for temporary suspension of investigation into Southern Air Transport's role in scandal was at request of Poindexter; details given. "Inside the Washington Scandal: Secret Moves...Secret Men" special announced.

Reporter(s):
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Kast, Sheilah
Duration:
00:04:50

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