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Iran/Contra Affair / North Trial / Verdict / Bush #122370

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 04, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Tim O'Brien) Announcement of verdict in trial of Oliver North for his role in Iran/Contra affair outlined; details given of jury verdicts announced by Judge Gerhard Gesell, scenes shown. [NORTH - says he will continue the battle.] [Chief trial prosecutor John KEKER, defense attorney Brendan Sullivan - comment on verdicts.] Grounds for possible appeal and penalties for conviction reviewed. (Artist: Aggie Whelan Kenny)

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Indep. cnsl. Lawrence Walsh reported stating his office is ready to proceed with other cases involving John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim. Stmt. from ex-ntl. security advisor Robert McFarlane quoted; former president Ronald Reagan mentioned.

(DC: Brit Hume) Response from President Bush with regard to questions about him that were raised during North trial reported [BUSH - says there was no quid pro quo with Honduras.] Documents from North trial reported suggesting scheme between North and White House for aid to Honduras in return for its aid to Contras reviewed; details given of evidence that then-vice president Bush was messenger to Honduran president Roberto Suazo in 1985. [BUSH - says there was no deal.] [Representative David OBEY - says he wants to see documentation that there was no deal.] [BUSH - reiterates answer.] Issue of pardon for North mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Response to trial verdict from Senator Orrin Hatch and Representative Henry Hyde noted. Congress committee reported planning to open investigation into why Congress did not get the White House documents that were revealed in trial at time of Congress investigation.

Hume, Brit;
O'Brien, Tim;
Jennings, Peter

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