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US-Iran Arms Scandal #547594

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 26, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) Contd. reverberations of US-Iran arms scandal noted; scenes shown. Former National security adviser John Poindexter mentioned clearing office today as National Sec. Council (NSC) seized files of former staff member Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. Justice Department and Attorney General Edwin Meese's investigation so far noted include interviews with President Reagan, Vice President George Bush, chief of staff Don. Regan, Secretary of State George Shultz, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and CIA director William Casey. [Courtesy "Today", MEESE - claims top level cabinet members were ignorant of operation.] Reagan said naming John Tower as chairperson of presidential commission consisting of Tower, Edmund Muskie and Brent Scowcroft to investigate NSC. [MUSKIE - comments.] [REAGAN - denies reporter's question with regard to funds for Contras.] Bush's involvement in Iranian arms deal noted. [BUSH - declines comment.] [REGAN - defs. his professed ignorance.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) Questions raised by scandal about funds diverted to Contras who controlled the money, its odyssey to Contras considered; scenes shown. [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - claims troops received only free services; denies knowledge of source of money that paid for services such as air drops.] Specific issues under investigation explained.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Upcoming item announced.

Brokaw, Tom;
Francis, Fred;
Wallace, Chris

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