NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 24, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) President Reagan's continued defense of his covert arms deals with Iran amidst growing controversy examined; scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies making mistake; declines comment on possible terminations of some aides.] President's California supporters, include Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Interior Secretary William Clark, and Holmes Tuttle, said calling for ouster of Secretary of State George Shultz, chief of staff Don. Regan and national security adviser John Poindexter. Regan said claiming Nancy Reagan's support. [REGAN - denies considering resigning.] Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Howard Baker or James Baker said being championed by conservatives and moderates to replace Shultz; cands. for Poindexter's job said include Jeane Kirkpatrick and former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft. [Lyn NOFZIGER - believes President has to take immediate action to exhibit his control.] Reagan said meeting with foreign policy aides today to discuss United States policy toward Iran.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Contd. confusion over actual extent of Shultz's involvement in Iran operations described.
(DC: Anne Garrels) Significance of Congress testimony by deputy secretary state John Whitehead today on State Department's lack of information on Iranian arms deals examined; scenes shown. [WHITEHEAD - is embarrassed to admit department was kept in dark.] [Representative Dan MICA - criticizes situation.] [WHITEHEAD - calls for review of national security cncl.'s role in foreign policy.] Shultz's account of his involvement in operation reviewed. [Former national security adviser Robert McFARLANE - accuses Shultz of lying.] Undersecretary Michael Armacost said denying CIA director William Casey's claim that State Department was kept fully briefederal [WHITEHEAD - calls for unity behind President]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres' response to increase calls that he reveal Israel's role in United States arms shipments to Iran described. Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said disputing reports about United States arms; details given.