CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1989
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Bush administration reported further restricting Oliver North's use of classified documents during his trial; former President Reagan's role in scandal discussed. Report introduced.
(DC: Rita Braver) Judge Gerhard Gesell reported denying Attorney General Richard Thornburgh's request that he be allowed to interrupt trial if he believed government secrets were being revealed. Justice Department attorney and Gesell quoted on screen. [Iran/Contra Committee cnsl. Mark BELNICK - comments on situation.] (Artist: Don Juhlin)
(Studio: Dan Rather; DC: Rita Braver) Supreme Court reported ruling this week with regard to case; details given. Thornburgh noted having statutory right to dismiss charges against North if he believes that national security will be jeopardized.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Eric Engberg) Govt. officials reported admitting, after pressured by North's defense attys., that Reagan administration made secret deals with Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador to help Nicaraguan Contras; details given, government documents quoted on screen. North noted asserting that Reagan ordered secrecy in this operation. [Iran/Contra Committee cnsl. Arthur LIMAN - comments.] Reagan and Ex-Secretary of State George Shultz noted refusing to comment. North's memo to then-ntl. security advisor Robert McFarlane quoted on screen. CIA noted wanting to keep secret names of operatives.