ABC Evening News for Sunday, May 17, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(DC: Kenneth Walker) Chief of staff Howard Baker said acknowledging existence of document pertaining to allegations that President Reagan authorized plan to ransom United States hostages; details given, scenes shown. [BAKER - cites written finding in respect to issue.] Robert McFarlane's contradictory testimony recalled. [BAKER - doesn't believe he's mistaken.] [Friday, REAGAN - claims memory loss; claims possibility he authorized rescue plan.] [Courtesy NBC, BAKER - challenges McFarlane's claim that Boland amendment outlawed NSC's Contra aid scheme.] [Courtesy "This Wk.", Senator George MITCHELL - disagrees with Baker.]
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Possibility McFarlane may face prosecution for perjury explained; assessment of situation by his attorney Leonard Garment outlined, quoted.