NBC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 22, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(DC: Robin Lloyd) Continuing controversy over President Reagan's covert arms deals with Iran and growing divisiveness within administration examined; scenes shown. Communications director Patrick Buchanan's damage-control recommendation and President's basis for rejecting it noted. ["US News and World Report" editor David GERGEN - cites potential for crippling Presidency if controversy conts.] Chief of staff Don. Regan, quoted in "Washington Post", said refusing to admit mistake was made; Secretary of State George Shultz's position outlined. [Alexander HAIG - criticizes Shultz's lack of support for President now.] White House said acknowledging national security adviser John Poindexter withheld specifics about Iran operation from Shultz. [Senator Dan. MOYNIHAN - feels President's withholding of information from Congress was mistake based on ignorance about government] Moynihan mentioned calling for Poindexter's termination.