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Iran Arms Scandal / Administration Changes #100747

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 04, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's press spokesperson Larry Speakes reported resigning for position with Merrill Lynch. [SPEAKES - is excited about future.] His assumption of press secretary's responsibilities after wounding of James Brady in attempted assassination of President reviewed. [March 1981, SPEAKES - announces President's condition.] [SPEAKES - defs. Reagan's handling of Iran arms scandal.] [REAGAN - declines comment on scandal; praises Speakes.] Other administration resignations said include drug control adviser Dr. Carlton Turner and President's personal physician T. Burton Smith. [National security adviser Frank CARLUCCI - describes his relationship with President] Former national security adviser John Poindexter's final White House activities today mentioned. [REAGAN - defs. right of Poindexter and Colonel Oliver North to invoke 5th Amendment in Senate Intelligence Committee hearings.] Pros and cons of administration changes now considered.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) House and Senator reported forming select cmtes. to investigate Iran arms scandal; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Robert BYRD - cautions against speculation as to Senate committee 's composition.] Possibility membership will include Senators Howell Heflin, Sam Nunn, George Mitchell, Dan. Inouye, Warren Rudman and Arlen Specter discussed. [Representative Robert MICHEL - explains his approach to House select committee ] Senate Intelligence Committee's hearings said continuing with testimony from CIA officials Robert Gates and Charles Allen. [Senator David DURENBERGER - accuses President of impeding process by inaction.] Senator Paul Laxalt's offer of aid to President mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) FBI director William Webster reported denying evidence exists that documents pertinent to Iran arms scandal were destroyed by North or Poindexter.

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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