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US-Iran Arms Scandal #547575

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 25, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese reported announcing resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and firing of NSC staff mbr. Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North after discovery of scheme to divert Iranian funds covertly paid for United States weapons to Nicaraguan Contras; details given.

(DC: Chris Wallace) Latest developments in US-Iran arms operation examined; details given, scenes shown. [REAGAN - claims recent revelation indicates flaw in operation.] Meese's description of scheme, involving Israel and Switzerland, outlined, illustrated on screen. [MEESE - claims North was only one in administration fully aware of operation, with Poindexter learning details later.] Meese said also acknowledging former national security adviser Robert McFarlane was aware of scheme; Attorney General reported denying that Reagan, Vice President George Bush, Secretary of State George Shultz, chief of staff Don. Regan or CIA director William Casey were aware of operation. Unanswered questions about feasibility of North and Poindexter handling operation single-handedly noted. [Reverend Linda POINDEXTER - defs. husband; doesn't feel he nor North are being made scapegoats.] Criticism within administration said continuing over Shultz's public opposition to scheme. [MEESE - suggests cabinet members either support President or leave.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: John Dancy) Congress's reaction to scandal examined; scenes shown. [Representative William BROOMFIELD, Senators John GLENN, Sam NUNN, Representative James WRIGHT, Senators Robert BYRD, GLENN, David DURENBERGER - believe administration violated Boland amendment; attack President's expressed lack of knowledge; doubt further United States aid for Contras is feasible.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) North's background and role in NSC profiled; details given, scenes shown. His role in release of hostage David Jacobsen, Grenada invasion, outcome of Achille Lauro hijacking recalled. [National Defense Council Fndn. spokesperson Andy MESSING - considers North a hero.] [June 6, 1986, NORTH - calls for action rather than rhetoric.] North said using General Richard Secord (ret.) in both Iranian arms deals and secret Contra funding; Secord noted accompanying North and Robert McFarlane on gunrunning trip to Iran as well as participating in gun-smuggling operation in Nicaragua. [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - claims ignorance about US-Iran arms scheme and diverted funds.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Carl Stern) Legal questions about operation and North's role considered. Specific laws violated listed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Upcoming item announced.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Francis, Fred;
Stern, Carl;
Wallace, Chris

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