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Iran Arms Scandal #107416

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 13, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sheilah Kast) Tower commission appointed by President Reagan to investigate National Sec. Council's role in Iran arms scandal said considering possibility of White House cover-up; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies cover-up.] [Feb. 11, Representative Henry HYDE - cites findings so far in NSC's files.] Press spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen. [Communications director Patrick BUCHANAN - explains special mtgs. with President for major contributors to Contras.] Colonel Oliver North's role in such fundraising said not determined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Contd. question as to Carl (Spitz) Channell's role in scandal, through one of his orgs. National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty, examined; details given, scenes shown. [Feb. 22, 1986, CHANNELL - explains purpose of organization] Law regulating tax exempt orgs. and lobbying explained; material for Channell's pro-Contra television commercials noted provided by Colonel Oliver North. television campaign's producer Adam Goodman quoted on screen regarding campaign's vote influencing. [Senator Howard METZENBAUM - explains call for investigation of Channell, possible criminal prosecution.] Another Channell organization Sentinel noted conducting campaign to pressure Representative Michael Barnes and others into supporting Reagan's Nicaraguan policy. [Former Channell fundraiser Jane McLAUGHLIN - describes campaign to discredit Barnes due to his investigation of North.]

Jennings, Peter;
Kast, Sheilah;
Serafin, Barry

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