CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 25, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Secretary of State George Shultz's role in forcing President Reagan and aides to disclose aspects of US-Iran arms scandal noted.
(DC: Bill McLaughlin) Apparent outcome of scandal for Shultz, whose resignation was rejected recently, examined; details given, scenes shown. [SHULTZ - supports President's objectives.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - claims Reagan now intends to allow Shultz to handle policy toward Iran.] New structure for implementing foreign policy outlined on screen. Reagan's reaction to Shultz's open split with him over Iranian arms shipments recalled; similar response of President's aides to deputy secretary state John Whitehead's public statement on administration's policy toward terrorists mentioned. Richard Nixon said among those advising Reagan of his need for Shultz. [Henry KISSINGER - cites need for administration to redirect its foreign policy to reasonable objectives.] International reaction to scandal described.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Legal questions raised about diverting Iranian arms funds to Contras examined; details given, scenes shown. Meese said conferring with FBI director William Webster today; agency noted beginning own investigation of possible violation of law by Robert McFarlane, John Poindexter and Oliver North. [MEESE -explains immediate focus of Justice Department inquiry.] [Representative Dan GLICKMAN, Senator Patrick LEAHY - question integrity of Justice Department's investigation; want special prosecutor appointed.] Admin.'s legal dilemma outlined.