CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 26, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Iranian parliamentary speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani's perceived role in Iran arms scandal reviewed.
(Tehran, Iran: Bill Redeker) Rafsanjani's role in Ayatollah Khomeini's regime noted; scenes shown. [RAFSANJANI - (thru translator) discusses overtures of Secretary of State George Shultz's representative Charles Dunbar, accuses Robert McFarlane of lying about circumstances under which he traveled here last May; displays copy of Irish passport for McFarlane in name of Sean Devlin; claims arms deal was for purpose of freeing United States hostages in Lebanon; criticizes United States duplicity resulting in Iran's dealing with Israel.]
(DC: Bill Plante) Admin.'s response to Rafsanjani's allegations outlined; scenes shown. [Courtesy "Nightwatch", former NSC consultant Michael LEDEEN - questions Rafsanjani's credibility.] President Reagan's first mtg. with Tower commission which he appointed to investigate scandal described. Latest kidnappings in Beirut said include abductions of Americans Alan Steen, Jesse Turner and Robert Polhill; photos shown. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - notes Americans in Beirut are ignoring government's warnings to them; reiterates official United States position on terrorism.]