× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Iran/Contra Scandal / Casey #111520

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 27, 1987
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(DC: Kenneth Walker) Sophia Casey, widow of CIA director William Casey. reported denying veracity of "Washington Post" reporter Bob Woodward's claim in new book that late husband made death-bed confession to him on his role in diversion of Iranian arms sale funds to Contras; details given, scenes shown. [CASEY - denies husband would have talked to anyone about his work.] Woodward's book, excerpted in "Newsweek" magazine, quoted on screen. [CASEY - accuses Woodward of lying about hospital visit with husband; notes she and/or daughter Bernadette Casey Smith were with husband at all times; cites husband's inability to speak at all.] Nurse Candace Kane's said corroborating part of Casey's allegations; details outlined on screen. Woodward's response mentioned. ["Washington Times" editor Wesley PRUDEN - calls Woodward a "clever liar."] ["New York Times" reporter Hedrick SMITH - questions propriety and credibility of Woodward's timing.] [SMITH - agrees.] [CASEY - notes husband's work excluded talking to press.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Woodward noted quoting Casey's alleged criticism of President Reagan as strange and passive; widow's denial husband held that view reported Attorney General Edwin Meese and then-chief of staff Don. Regan's hospital visit with Casey recalled.

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Walker, Kenneth.
Duration:
00:05:10

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.