CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 25, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) CBS-New York Times poll results reported indicating American pub. dissatisfied with Vice President George Bush's answers regarding Iran/Contra scandal. Tower commission and Iran/Contra committee mentioned. Report introduced.
(Studio: Dan Rather) [Vice President George BUSH - says all questions answered regarding Iran/Contra scandal.] No. and dates of Iran/Contra briefings Bush attended illustration Bush quoted on screen. Record noted showing Bush attended mtg. in which Secretary of State George Shultz argued against policy. Shultz quoted on screen. [BUSH - says would approach matter differently if had second chance.] Israeli responsible for coordinating trade, Amiram Nir, quoted on screen after briefing with Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North regarding Bush's knowledge. Record noted showing Bush never objected to arms for hostages trade. Bush's statement denying involvement in secret aid to Contras quoted on screen. Bush's national security advisor Don. Gregg's role in Eugene Hasenfus case reviewed. [GREGG - says December 15, 1986, that office never contacted regarding Hasenfus.] Gregg noted admitting statement untrue. [GREGG - denies aiding Contras.] Gregg's record noted proving was responsible for National Sec. Council's covert operations; details given, scenes shown. Gregg's plan to launch anti-guerrilla operations in Central American reported prepared by aide Felix Rodriguez. Plan noted being found in North's safe; details given. January 22, 1985, meeting between Gregg, Bush and Rodriguez mentioned. [BUSH - denies discussing Contras at meeting] Rodriguez noted arriving in Central American weeks later. General Paul Gorman's memo regarding Rodriguez and North quoted on screen. [GREGG - says can't explain memo.] Rodriguez reported managing North's Contra supply flights in El Salvador. North's statement quoted on screen regarding Bush's involvement. Further mtgs. between Bush, Gregg and Rodriguez mentioned. Contra resupply memo shown on screen. Mtg. between North, Gregg and Rodriguez discussed. Gregg quoted on screen. Gregg noted still employment as Bush aide.
(Studio: Dan Rather) [Vice President George BUSH - defends not firing Don. Gregg while President Reagan fired Admiral John Poindexter. Recalls exhaustive investigation and conclusions of Iran/Contra committee Describes CBS report concerning Rodriguez' role in Iran/Contra scandal. CBS crew member Richard Cohen said report to be political profile. Says report not political profile and Gregg continue to work in office because committed no wrong. Quotes Nick Brady and says CBS' misrepresentation of political profiles angers him. Defends Rodriguez. Says told truth and thought was on news to discuss education and budget deficit. Says trying to help hostages and mentions hearing hostage William Buckley being tortured. Mentions Senator Dave Durenberger's briefing. Defends allegations made by Amiram Nir and Bush aide Craig Fuller. Says was not told would be dealing with Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini. Quotes Don Regan. Defends confidence between Vice President and President Claims doesn't remember Secretary of State George Shultz' forceful objections. Mentions Rather's 7 minute refusal to anchor and wants to be judged on entire career. Admits mistakes but wants to discuss why seeking president office Argues further regarding Iran/Contra scandal.]