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Iran Arms Scandal / Casey, North #307830

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Lem Tucker) Possible effect on investigation into Iran arms scandal of CIA director William Casey's surgery today for cancerous brain tumor examined; details given, scenes shown. [Dr. Nicholas ZERVAS - explains type of tumor Casey has, his prognosis.] [Dr. Bennett STEIN - think stress of Iran affair may have brought symptoms on.] Questions of Casey's credibility regarding Iran-Contra scandal reviewed. [December 11, CASEY - denies any wrongdoing.] Contradictions in Casey's testimony outlined.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) Contradictions in testimony of chief of staff Don. Regan and Robert McFarlane over timing of President Reagan's approval of Iran arms shipments examined. [December 8, McFARLANE - claims President authorized shipments August 1985.] [REGAN - offers different version.] [Senator William COHEN - defs. McFarlane's credibility.] House Intelligence Committee member quoted.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Bruce Morton) Reagan administration's apparent campaign to portray Colonel Oliver North as the villain in Iran arms scandal and his reaction examined; scenes shown. [NORTH - notes his former friends have abandoned him.] Attacks on him, and John Poindexter, by Larry Speakes, Nancy Reagan quoted on screen. [NORTH - doesn't believe President wants him to abandon his individual rights.] [Former White House aide Morton BLACKWELL - disputes portrayal of North as reckless.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Attorney General Edwin Meese reported claiming he temporarily suspended investigation into scandal at request of John Poindexter; details given.

Jones, Phil;
Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan;
Tucker, Lem

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