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.