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Iran/Contra Hearings #315959

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 05, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) General Richard Secord (ret.), first witness in Congress hearings on Iran/Contra scandal quoted regarding President Reagan's involvement.

(DC: Phil Jones) Secord's testimony featured; scenes shown. [Senator Dan. INOUYE -considers situation sordid.] [SECORD - recalls commitment of all involved, their belief that operation was furtherance of President's policies; attacks Attorney General Edwin Meese as "succumbing to anxiety and ignorance" regarding his announcement of money diversion; accuses administration of abandoning and betraying mission participants.] His explanation of operation's financial structure outlined on screen. [SECORD - discusses Colonel Oliver North's use of some funds for Drug Enforcement Admin. agents working to free United States hostages in Lebanon; recalls former CIA director William Casey's involvement in scheme.]

(DC: Bill Plante) White House response to hearings described; scenes shown. [President REAGAN - denies knowledge of Contra funding process or solicitation by administration personnel; hopes hearings will provide him with info.] [Pol. scientist James MacGregor BURNS - considers possible outcomes for Reagan.] [Pol. analyst Kevin PHILLIPS - fears hearings will cause problems for Republican cands.] White House strategy to deflect attention from President described.

Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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