CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 01, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Implications for President Reagan's credibility of CBS News-"New York Times" poll on Iran arms scandal considered; findings regarding chief of staff Don. Regan, Secretary of State George Shultz and Vice President George Bush as well noted.
(DC: Lesley Stahl) Pol. catch-22 faced by Bush in scandal explained; his denial of any involvement recalled. Vice President's national security adviser Don. Gregg's possible role mentioned. [Pol. analyst Harrison HICKMAN - outlines dilemma faced by Bush.] Bush's defense of President's overtures to Iranian moderates, expressed in "Time "interview, discussed. [Pol. analyst Kevin PHILLIPS - thinks Bush needs to protect himself now, not the President]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bill McLaughlin) Extent of Saudi Arabia's role in US-Israel- Iran-Contra operation examined; details given, scenes shown. Perceived role of Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi described. [Center for Strategic and International Studies spokesperson Robert HUNTER - discusses Saudi's motive in helping US, Iran and Contras.] Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said claiming aides suggested he approach Israel for arms deals prior to his ouster. [Iranian dissident Ali SAFAVI - claims Iranian arms deals involving Yaacov Nimrodi began in 1980.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger reported en route to NATO mtg. in Brussels to explain Reagan administration's Iran arms scandal. Contradictions in administration's version of scandal outlined on screen, discussed.