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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bill Plante) President Reagan's appointed of Howard Baker as new chief of staff after ousting Don. Regan following yesterday's release of Tower commission report on administration's handling of Iran arms affair examined; details given, scenes shown. [BAKER - explains accepting post.] Paul Laxalt noted also offered job; Regan's reaction to President's decision to oust him earlier than the two had agreed upon described. Nancy Reagan's statement on selection of Baker noted. [Senators Robert DOLE, Alan CRANSTON - praise Baker.] President's spokesperson's description of Reagan's reaction to Tower commission report quoted. [LAXALT - hopes Reagan will regain control of administration]
(DC: Lem Tucker) Baker's career, especially on Watergate committee , reviewed; scenes shown. [June 28, 1973, BAKER - questions what Richard Nixon knew and when he knew it.] [December 11, 1986, courtesy "Nightwatch", BAKER - cites lessons of Watergate applicable to Iran arms scandal.] [Senators James SASSER, Nancy KASSEBAUM - praise Baker's credibility.] [BAKER - explains his perception of new job.]
- Plante, Bill;
- Rather, Dan;
- Tucker, Lem
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