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Iran/Contra Affair / North Trial #118799

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 05, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Dennis Troute) Special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh reported asking judge Gerhard Gesell to dismiss central chgs. against Oliver North in Iran/Contra case; details given of debate over documents that may be considered classified. Congress investigation of North recalled; its problems with classified material noted. [July 7, 1987, House of Representatives select committee cnsl. John NIELDS - refers to "country two."] [Attorney General Richard THORNBURGH - says this decision should reduce risk that classified information might be compromised.] Likelihood now that President Reagan and others who were subpoenaed will not be called noted. Possibility that chgs. against John Poindexter, Albert Hakim and Richard Secord will be reduced noted; other chgs. against North reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Collapse of heart of case against North reported; statement from North's attorney Brendan Sullivan quoted. [Senator Orrin HATCH - says president should pardon North.] [Representative Thomas FOLEY - comments.] [People for the American Way Arthur KROPP - says Walsh was "sandbagged."]

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Troute, Dennis

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