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Iran/Contra Scandal / North Trial #323984

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jan 05, 1989
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Major criminal conspiracy and corruption charges against Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North reported being dropped due to President Reagan's refusal to supply prosecution with classified government documents. Report introduced.

(DC: Rita Braver) Special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh's investigation into North's role in Iran/Contra scandal outlined. [March 16, 1988, WALSH - comments on North's alleged diversion of arms sales profits to Nicaraguan Contras.] Judge Gerhard Gesell's rulings with regard to secrecy noted. [Attorney General Richard THORNBURGH - comments on national security risks.] President Reagan quoted with regard to situation. North's attorney Brendan Sullivan quoted on screen re: charges against his client. [Senator William COHEN, Representative Lee HAMILTON - comment on other charges against North.] [Criminal attorney James HAMILTON - comments on subpoenaing of high-level officials.] [July 1987, NORTH - says diverting funds to Contras was "neat idea."] Charges against Richard Secord, John Poindexter and Albert Hakim noted likely to be dropped.

Braver, Rita;
Rather, Dan

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