CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 22, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported opposing pardons for John Poindexter or Colonel Oliver North in Iran arms scandal.
(DC: Terence Smith) President's resumption of public appearances after failure of his silence to halt scandal noted. [REAGAN - declares National Prayer Day.] [NORTH - wish President a Merry Christmas.] [Analyst Norm ORNSTEIN - thinks White House's ostrich approach is failure; explains.] "Des Moines Register" poll indicating Iowa's disapproval of Reagan outlined on screen, discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Attorney General Edwin Meese's handling of Iran-Contra funding scheme said focus of both House and Senator investigations; details given, scenes shown. [Senator Joseph BIDEN - feels Meese has met only minimum requirements.] Specific criticisms of Meese's investigations, include temporary halt to FBI's inquiry into Southern Air Transport, listed on screen. [Former Watergate cnsl. Terry LENZER -notes Meese's legal bungling of investigation.] [Justice Department spokesperson Terry EASTLAND - defs. Meese.] Meese's failure to comply with deadline for providing requested materials to Congress considered.