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Iran/Contra Scandal / History / Walsh #106484

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 18, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John Martin) Events leading up to Iran/Contra scandal reviewed; details given, scenes shown. Events in Iran, Nicaragua, Beirut and Lebanon mentioned. Early goals of President Reagan said to be to free hostages in Lebanon by dealing with Iran and to overthrow Sandinistas in Nicaragua by dealing with Contras. Sale of weapons to Iran and diversion of funds to Contras recalled. [Representative Lee HAMILTON - criticizes President's policies.] Impact of affair on United States credibility in Middle East and Central American noted. Report on current positions of Colonel Oliver North, Fawn Hall, John Poindexter and Richard Secord given; scenes shown. [SECORD - criticizes report] Current status of Reagan's former aides, Contras and hostages given.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Complications facing special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh due to publisher of Iran/Contra report reported [WALSH - discusses his role as prosecutor.] "Immunized testimony" of North and Poindexter detailed on screen. Charges said expected to be filed against North, Poindexter, Secord and Albert Hakim outlined on screen. Turning over of Swiss bank accts. detailing movement of Iran/Contra money recalled. [WALSH - says indictments may come soon.] Reagan said likely out of office when criminal charges reach courts

Jennings, Peter;
Martin, John;
Troute, Dennis

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