CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 26, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Tower commission's primary findings on President Reagan's arms-for-hostages operation, administration cover-up, President's overall weapons-for-Iran scheme, chief of staff Don. Regan's responsibility for ensuing chaos quoted on screen.
(DC: Bill Plante) Report's criticism of Reagan's loss of control, his arms-for-hostage plan in direct contradiction to United States policy, staff's attempted cover-up and President's poor management abilities examined; details given, scenes shown. [John TOWER -believes Reagan was unaware of administration's doings; holds him responsible.] [Commission member Edmund MUSKIE - cites Reagan's failure to take responsibility or deal with consequences.] Cmsn.'s findings involving roles of Regan, North, John Poindexter, William Casey, Secys. George Shultz and Caspar Weinberger, Robert McFarlane detailed. [REGAN - denies responsibility for underlings.] [MUSKIE - accuses Regan of attempted domination of White House staff and national security adviser.] Commission said not addressing Vice President George Bush's role. [REAGAN - promises to enact necessary reforms.] Issue of Regan's departure from administration noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) [John TOWER - discusses President's several versions of his role, his refusal to order North and Poindexter to cooperate; questions remaining unanswered.]
(DC: David Martin) Report's findings on National Sec. Council's obsession with secrecy, Poindexter's private computer link with North (called "Blank Check"), their contempt for United States government, General Richard Secord (ret.), McFarlane, North's development of private network for illegal Contra fundraising, North and Poindexter's cover-up detailed. [MUSKIE - feels NSC's "over-obsession with secrecy" resulted in scandal.] [Brent SCOWCROFT - notes consequences of North's policy were never addressed by administration] [MUSKIE, SCOWCROFT - blame Poindexter for not enforcing policy.]
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