ABC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 21, 1987
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(Studio: Kathleen Sullivan) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Zelnick) Tower commission's meeting with Robert McFarlane at latter's request said focusing on misleading chronology of Iran arms affair assembled by White House to obscure President Reagan's role; details given, scenes shown. Info. said ordered doctored by chief of staff Don. Regan; commission's report, expected Thursday, said critical of Reagan, Regan, Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Details outlined on screen. [WEINBERGER - defs. level of his protest.] Commission mentioned also concluding that Colonel Oliver North did not act alone, keeping John Poindexter and McFarlane fully informed. "Chicago Tribune" said claiming independent cnsl. Lawrence Walsh has uncovered evidence of obstruction of justice by some White House staff. Criticism by some over new Communications Director John Koehler's membership in Nazi youth group as child noted. [KOEHLER - will withdraw only at President's request.] Regan's staff said blaming Koehler flap on Nancy Reagan. Titanic analogy considered.