CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 20, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Phil Jones) President Reagan reported secretly briefed on Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation of Iran arms scandal by former committee chairperson Senator David Durenberger; details given, scenes shown. December 19, 1986, meeting of Durenberger, committee staff director Bernie McMahon, President, chief of staff Don. Regan and others, at which John Poindexter and Colonel Oliver North's refusal to testify as well as political ramifications of scandal were discussed, noted. [Former House attorney Stan BRAND - considers such briefings unusual.] President recalled later asking for committee 's public release of report without mentioning he had already been briefed on its contents. [December 23, REAGAN - asks committee to release report] Vice President George Bush's former press secretary Marlin Fitzwater said contradicting McMahon's denial that he &Durenberger discussed committee business in their December 20th meeting with Bush at his residence. Details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) White House spokesperson said revising President's earlier denials that he had discussed scandal with aides; Reagan's mtgs. with Regan and counselor Peter Wallison cited.
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