ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 10, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: John Martin) Robert McFarlane's condition following attempted suicide and apparent circumstances leading to his hospitalization examined; details given, scenes shown. Jonda McFarlane's telephone call to emergency number and her statement today transcribed on screen. McFarlane's role in Iran arms scandal and current investigation reviewed. [Senator Warren RUDMAN - notes McFarlane's depression over scandal.] [Former NSC staff member Geoffrey KEMP - feels McFarlane's openness about arms deal was burden for him.] [Dr. Sidney WOLFE - criticizes prescription given McFarlane under the circumstances; explains.] President's call of condolences to McFarlane's family mentioned.
(DC: Brit Hume) McFarlane's suicide attempt said not delaying Capitol Hill investigations into Iran arms scandal; details given, scenes shown. [Representative William BROOMFIELD - thinks inquiry is taking too long in light of what's happening to witnesses.] CIA director William Casey's hospitalization and refusal of Colonel Oliver North and John Poindexter to testify recalled; response of Representative Lee Hamilton to independent cnsl. Lawrence Walsh's opposition to granting North and Poindexter immunity in exchange for their testimony noted. [Senator Gordon HUMPHREY - hopes McFarlane's actions will temper blood lusters.]