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US-Iran Arms Deal Controversy #547504

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 21, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) Incr. infighting among President Reagan's administration and Nancy Reagan's reaction examined; details given, scenes shown. Robert McFarlane's attack on Secretary of State George Shultz's veracity, chief of staff Don. Regan's criticism of McFarlane cited as exs. [McFARLANE - claims Shultz was aware of operation.] [SHULTZ - responds.] Regan's attempt to blame McFarlane for fiasco quoted on screen. [Senators Robert BYRD, Robert DOLE - cite destructiveness of President allowing infighting to continue]

(DC: John Dancy) Congress's reaction to CIA director William Casey's briefings today featured; details given, scenes shown. [CASEY - denies his secrecy violated law.] [Senator David DURENBERGER - believes administration had no intention of informing Congress until forced to do so.] [Representative James WRIGHT - notes discovery that cntries. in addition to Israel were involved.] [Senators Sam NUNN, BYRD, Dan. MOYNIHAN - consider operation inept, clumsy; dismiss credibility of admin.'s account now; cite damage to United States intelligence community.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Amt. paid for weapons by Iran, disclosed by Wright, outlined. Ayatollah Abdul Karem Musabi's claim of country's political victory from arms deal controversy in United States noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Wallace, Chris

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