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Iran Arms Scandal #314489

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 25, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Lesley Stahl) Possible roles of Vice President George Bush and/or his aides in Iran arms scandal cover-up examined. [October 11, 1986, BUSH - denies involvement in Contra resupply effort linked to Iranian arms sales.] Questions over Bush's national security adviser Don. Gregg's relationship with former CIA agent Max Gomez, also known as Felix Rodriguez, and Bush's involvement said arising in chronology provided by Vice President's office; details outlined on screen, discussed. [October 11, BUSH - denies discussing Contras with Gomez.] Indications to the contrary., include Bush aide Samuel Watson's Central American mtg. with Gomez and visit to Contra camps in Honduras, cited. Bush's May 1986 mtg. with Gomez noted joined by Colonel Oliver North. [December 2, 1986, GREGG - denies speaking with Gomez about Contras.] Gregg's later confession that he lied in that statement recalled. Watson noted first person in administration to learn of Eugene Hasenfus' downing in Contra supply plane over Nicaragua, being telephoned by Gomez. [December 16, 1986, GREGG - denies Gomez ever contacted his office] Gregg recalled also admitting later he lied again. [October 19, 1986, courtesy "60 Minutes", HASENFUS - claims Gomez, Bush controlled operation.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Rome, Italy: Mark Phillips) Europe's reaction to President Reagan's inability to fight back and contain damage from Iran arms scandal featured; details given, scenes shown. [British newspaper editor Anthony HOWARD - notes issue wouldn't be major scandal here.] [Italian sociologist Franco FERAROTTI, British columnist Frank JOHNSON - see affair as a comedy.] Britain's method of handling sex scandals involving government mins. reviewed; details given, scenes shown. [MIN. - comments.] France's handling of Greenpeace ship sinking scandal recalled not affecting President Francois Mitterrand. [Pol. analyst Philip Moreau De FARGES - cites need for realistic cynicism by government officials.] [JOHNSON - thinks United States system cripples President] [FERAROTTI - fears USSR leadership advantage now.]

Phillips, Mark;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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