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US-Iran Arms Scandal #547596

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

(DC: John Dancy) Growing tension between Reagan administration and Congress over who will conduct investigation into United States-Iran arms scandal examined; scenes shown. Attorney General Edwin Meese's effort to seize control cited. [MEESE - notes his inquiry is continuing.] [Senator John KERRY - opposes the fox guarding the chicken coop.] [Representative Charles SCHUMER - believes appearance of fairness will be best served by special prosecutor.] Representative Peter Rodino reported asking Meese to hand investigation over to special cnsl. [Attorney Arthur CHRISTEN - notes independent cnsl. avoids perception of cover-up; gives example] Ethics in Govt. Act said not covering Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and may not cover former national security adviser John Poindexter; details given. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - cites prosecutory need for independent cnsl.] Meese's control of situation outlined.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Pol. problems created here for former prime minister Shimon Peres from arms scandal and Israel's role under his admin. examined; details given, scenes shown. [PERES - has no regrets.] Apparent outcome of Peres' telephone conversation last night with Meese quoted on screen. [Govt. SPOKESPERSON - defs. Israel's acceptance of NSC direction in arms shipments.] Roles of David Kimche and Amiram Nir in Israel's involvement considered.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Fletcher, Martin

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