CBS Evening News for Saturday, Feb 28, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(DC: Bruce Morton) Broad implications for President Reagan's presidency of Tower commission report on his handling of Iran arms operation considered. [Thursday, commission members Brent SCOWCROFT, Edmund MUSKIE - note people were at heart of problem; cite President's need to take control of administration] [Former Johnson press secretary George REEDY -cites role of sycophants in any presidency.] Reagan's leadership when Michael Deaver, James Baker and Edwin Meese were his aides versus that with Don. Regan compared. [REEDY - considers long-term implications of Reagan's loss of control.] [Thursday, John TOWER - notes all President become obsessed with secrecy.] [Representative Newt GINGRICH - cites problems with secret strategy.] [TOWER - claims covert committee in operation acted contrary to public policy.] Frank Carlucci, Howard Baker mentioned. [Paul LAXALT - notes need for Reagan to take charge now.]
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) [Tower commission chairperson John TOWER - cites need for someone to determine what happened to money involved in Iran arms operation.] Current investigations of independent cnsl. Lawrence Walsh, Senator and House select cmtes., Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Foreign Relations and Judiciary cmtes., Justice Department and other federal agencies described; CIA director nominee Robert Gates mentioned. [Representative Richard CHENEY - discusses Reagan's reaction to Tower commission report, appts. of Carlucci and Baker, President's scheduled speech this Wednesday, Secretary State George Shultz.]