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Iran Arms Scandal #307872

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 02, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Latest developments in Iran arms scandal listed.

(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's announcement of new national security adviser and request for independent cnsl. featured; scenes shown. [REAGAN - explains call for independent cnsl., appointed of Frank Carlucci as new national sec. adviser.] [CARLUCCI - comments.] [REAGAN - claims he's committed some former national security advisers to testifying before Congress] His further remarks outlined. [Representative Robert MICHEL - believes President was ignorant of events.] [Senator Robert DOLE - sees no purpose in having chief of staff Don. Regan leave administration yet.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Legal and political implications of Attorney General Edwin Meese's decision to name special prosecutor to conduct investigation considered; details given, scenes shown. [MEESE - wants to avoid appearance of conflict of ints.; defs. Justice Department and FBI failure to prevent destruction of NSC documents.] Panel of judges choosing independent cnsl. listed on screen. [Watergate committee cnsl. Rufus EDMISTEN - explains purpose of independent cnsl.] Pentagon, CIA, State and Treasury Depts. said ordered to turn over files on several indivs., include North, John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane and Adolfo Calero; agencies said also asked for investigative files on alleged Contra illegalities, include Southern Air Transport, the former CIA airline linked to captured arms smuggler Eugene Hasenfus.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Carlucci's background reviewed; details given, scenes shown. His relationship with Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger described. [Former CIA director Stansfield TURNER - praises Carlucci's integrity.]

(DC: Phil Jones) Senate Intelligence Committee's continued investigation of scandal featured; scenes shown. [Senators David BOREN, Strom THURMOND - praise Reagan's request for special cnsl.] [Senator J. James EXON - comments.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - wants chief of staff and CIA director fired.] John Poindexter's appearance before committee today and controversy over North's taking 5th Amendment during his testimony yesterday noted. [NORTH - comments on weather.] [Senator John GLENN - believes using 5th Amendment will polarize affair.] Possibility Watergate committee member Senator Dan. Inouye will be named chairperson of Congress committee named to investigate scandal mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Upcoming items announced.

Braver, Rita;
Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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