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Iran Arms Scandal #100767

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 05, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Latest developments in Iran arms scandal summarized.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) President Reagan's credibility in scandal said contd. to be questioned in light of his administration officials' conflicting accts. of events. [Senator Ted STEVENS - doesn't believe President Reagan is lying.] [Senator Robert BYRD - notes no one is immune from prosecution.] Former national sec. adviser Robert McFarlane's testimony said conflicting with President's version of events; details outlined on screen. [Tuesday, Attorney General Edwin MEESE - claims President learned of Iran arms shipments via Israel after the fact.] Meese's explanation noted contradicting versions offered by McFarlane, chief of staff Don. Regan and John Poindexter; Regan and Poindexter stmts. of November 14 quoted on screen. [MEESE - claims Israelis shipped arms without authorization.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Legal ramifications if President approved Iran arms shipments via Israel, funds from which were diverted to Nicaraguan Contras, discussed; specific laws possibly violated reviewed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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