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Iran Arms Scandal / Contras / Independent Counsel #100490

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 19, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Lawrence Walsh announced independent counsel to investigate Iran-Contra affair. Walsh background given. Question posed: whether President Reagan knew money from arms sale to Iran would go to Nicaraguan Contras. Attorney General Edwin Meese said denying President Reagan knew.

(DC: Brit Hume) [MEESE - says Colonel Oliver North told him President Reagan did not know of money going to Contras.] Meese testimony that only North, John Poindexter and Robert McFarlane knew of Contra money reported [MEESE - explains estimate of amount of money.] Representative Lee Hamilton said praising Meese for his candor.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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