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Iran Arms Scandal #107398

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 12, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(NYC: Karen Burnes) Indications that Colonel Oliver North, through conservative fundraiser Carl (Spitz) Channell, illegally raised private funds for Nicaraguan Contras examined; details given, scenes shown. The Toys Project operation in which North was code named Green, discussed. [Former Channell fundraiser Jane McLAUGHLIN - recalls North's mtgs. with private contributors.] Photos shown. Law violated by such solicitations explained. [McLAUGHLIN - notes The Toys Project staff was led to believe they were working directly for President Reagan via North; elaborates.] North's personal letter to contributor and amount donated outlined, shown. [REAGAN - hopes for restoration of democrat in Nicaragua.] [CHANNELL - claims President personally encouraged him; recalls recent mtgs. on Contra issue.] [McLAUGHLIN - notes she was instructed to use Channell's relationship with President and access to White House to raise funds.] [Voice of McLAUGHLIN - invites someone to White House meeting with President] No. attending that meeting, include Reagan, chief of staff Don. Regan, North cited; photos shown. Amt. asked of each guest for Contras mentioned. [Contributor Ellen GARWOOD - defs. support of Contras.] Amt. given Channell's organization by Garwood outlined on screen; estimate amt. actually going to International Bus. Communications (IBC), a public relations firm with security clearance and secret contact with State Department for Latin American diplomacy efforts, given. [McLAUGHLIN - notes IBC's role in their efforts.] Focus of FBI investigation said possible diversion of Iranian arms funds by IBC.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Bob Zelnick) Tower Cmsn.'s inquiry into National Sec. Council said uncovering illegal Contra aid by North's private network; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - criticizes group.] North said report his results to John Poindexter and former CIA director William Casey; CIA's role noted. President Reagan's response mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Springfield, Illinois: Carole Simpson) Significance of Vice President George Bush's public criticism today of Iran arms operation considered; scenes shown. [BUSH - claims participants were aware of his concerns; criticizes arms- for-hostages plan; acknowledges political damage to him of his relationship with administration]

Burnes, Karen;
Jennings, Peter;
Simpson, Carole;
Zelnick, Bob

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