Search the Archive

Iran Arms Scandal / Tower Commission Report #314505

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 26, 1987
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Upcoming item announced.

Martin, David;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.