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Iran Arms Scandal #100804

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 08, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Charles Gibson) Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane's testimony before House For. Affairs Committee today said contradicting President Reagan's claim that he was uninformed about arms shipments to Iran, funds from which were diverted to Nicaraguan Contras; details given, scenes shown. [McFARLANE - cites date on which President approved sales; recalls Reagan's concern for hostages; doesn't believe Colonel Oliver North and John Poindexter acted without approval from their superiors.] [Senator David DURENBERGER - feels witnesses' questioning of administration policy is appropriate.] House committee said hearing from North and Poindexter tomorrow with Senate Intelligence Committee questioning arms dealer General Richard Secord (ret.); all 3 said expected to take 5th Amendment.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Secretary of State George Shultz's appearance before House For. Affairs Committee today featured; details given, scenes shown. [SHULTZ - describes his knowledge of scheme as fragmentary, sporadic and incomplete; recalls effort to intervene when he objected; reacts to learning only now that ambassador to Lebanon John Kelly had secret dealings regarding hostages with National Sec. Council staff members North, Poindexter, McFarlane and Secord and Kelly's violation of State Department chain of command; denies any role in illegal diversion of funds to Contras.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Representatives Howard WOLPE, Robert DORNAN - comment on day's testimony; Rudyard Kipling quoted; Jimmy Carter mentioned.] Item recapped at end of broadcast

Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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