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Iran Arms Scandal #307773

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 15, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Today's developments in Iran arms scandal listed.

(DC: Phil Jones) Hospitalization of CIA director William Casey, scheduled to resume Capitol Hill testimony on his knowledge of Iran arms scandal, reported; details given, scenes shown. [Dr. John STAPLETON - describes Casey's condition.] Chief of staff Don. Regan reported testifying before Senate Intelligence Committee tomorrow, followed later by Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Attorney General Edwin Meese; Regan said believed aware of diversion of Iran arms sale funds to Contras. Senators Howell Heflin and Dan. Inouye said mentioned as possible chairperson of Senator Select Committee to be announced tomorrow; Inouye recalled on Watergate committee

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan reported waiving any claim of executive privilege for Regan's testimony tomorrow; White House mentioned increase pressure on Colonel Oliver North and John Poindexter to testify. Possibility President will testify before Congress considered. [Courtesy WRC's "One-on-One", Senator Paul LAXALT - favors suggestion.] Justice Department said conducting internal investigation into Attorney General Edwin Meese's handling of case; national security adviser to Vice President George Bush, Don. Gregg, reported admitting he dealt with former CIA agent Felix Rodriguez, also known as Max Gomez, contrary to his statement 2 wks. ago. [GREGG - describes his conversation with Gomez.] President and Nancy Reagan said believing North and Poindexter can clear him if they testify.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Background to North's situation reviewed.

(No location given: Mike Wallace) [General John SINGLAUB (ret.)- describes his relationship with North; doesn't believe North operated without authority of Robert McFarlane, John Poindexter and President Reagan.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Singlaub mentioned expecting to be subpoenaed to testify on Capitol Hill. CIA reported providing Iraq with secret intelligence information during period administration was also selling arms to Iran.

Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Wallace, Mike

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