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Iran/Contra Hearings #109528

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 05, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) First witness in joint House-Senator hearings on Iran/Contra scandal, General Richard Secord (ret.), profiled on screen.

(DC: Brit Hume) Secord's testimony reviewed; scenes shown. [SECORD - cites operants' commitment to mission, their belief that administration knew of and approved it; defs. operation.] Secord said claiming he was recruited by Colonel Oliver North. [SECORD - attacks Attorney General Edwin Meese as "succumbing to anxiety and ignorance" regarding November statement about diversion of Iranian arms sale funds to Contras; feels operants were "betrayed, abandoned" by admin.] Secord's financial breakdown of funds involved listed on screen. [SECORD - claims some funds were used for Drug Enforcement Admin. agents in scheme of North's to free hostages in Lebanon; describes meeting with then-CIA dir. William Casey on operation.] Amt. reportedly donated by Saudis to scheme mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) White House effort to deflect attention on President Reagan from hearings described; scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies any knowledge of solicitation by administration personnel, include North.] Admin.'s reaction to Secord's allegation that it betrayed mission noted. [REAGAN - hopes to find out what happened from hearings.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item announced; item recapped at end of broadcast

Donaldson, Sam;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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