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Iran Arms Scandal #315943

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 04, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Phil Jones) Joint House-Senator select committee hearings on Iran arms scandal, beginning tomorrow with testimony of General Richard Secord (ret.), previewed; details given, scenes shown. Committee's interest in Robert McFarlane's emotional stability in anticipation of his testimony explained. [Senator Warren RUDMAN - expects surprises.] [Representative Lee HAMILTON - doesn't believe former CIA director William Casey, while an active participant in scheme, was its mastermind; thinks former chief of staff Don. Regan was marginal actor.] [Representative Dick CHENEY - anticipates difficulties for President Reagan and admin.] [Senator Howell HEFLIN - expects public to become aware of who's telling truth and who isn't.]

(DC: Eric Engberg) Hearing's expected interest in roles of Colonel Oliver North, John Poindexter, Casey and others in Iranian arms sales and diversion of funds to Contras reviewed; scenes shown. [March 4, 1987, President REAGAN - denies knowledge of diversion of funds.] [John TOWER - questions status of Iranian arms sale funds.] Contra supply network recalled exposed by downing of Eugene Hasenfus' plane. Importance of hearings for Vice President George Bush's presidential aspirations noted. [October 1986, BUSH - denies he or his office were involved.] [Former Watergate committee staff member Terry LINDSER - notes pressure on committee regarding President] Historical photos shown.

Engberg, Eric;
Jones, Phil;
Rather, Dan

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