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Iran/Contra Hearings #109133

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 14, 1987
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Resignation of President Reagan's deputy assistant administrator Johnathan Miller as result of testimony of Robert Owen in Iran/Contra hearings examined; Owen's relationship with Colonel Oliver North in illegally transferring money to Contras noted. [House cnsl. Neil EGGLESTON - questions Owen's specific work with North and Miller.] Miller's official duties in administration and White House cnsl. A.V. Kulver house's warning to him recently about his legal predicament noted. [In hearings, Robert McFARLANE - describes telephone call he received from Reagan this week] Press spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater's explanation of call outlined on screen. Propriety of call due to McFarlane's status as witness considered. Implications for Reagan considered.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) McFarlane's final round of testimony featured; scenes shown. Saudi officials' reaction to his claim that he did not solicit them for Contra aid described. [Representative Jack BROOKS - questions McFarlane's possible meeting with King Fahd during latter's 1985 Washington, DC visit.] [McFARLANE - responds.] [BROOKS - questions McFarlane's interpretation of North's statement that diversion of Iranian arms funds to Contras had been approved.] [McFARLANE - believes John Poindexter at the least approved plan.] [Representative Lee HAMILTON - holds both McFarlane and Reagan responsible for fiasco; explains.] [McFARLANE - agrees.] Testimony later by assistant secretary state Gaston Sigur noted; his background with government outlined on screen. [SIGUR - recalls North's request that he sound out Taiwan about Contra aid.] Owen's responsibility in administration outlined on screen, his testimony about his role with North in Contra scheme summarized. [Voice of EGGLESTON - questions Owen's interpretation of North's remarks.] [OWEN - assumes North was referring to either Pentagon or CIA.] Owen's continued testimony said followed next week by Contra leader Adolfo Calero.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) "Nightline" announced.

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Koppel, Ted

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