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Iran Arms Scandal #547609

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 28, 1986
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) President Reagan reported ordering White House staff to cooperate with investigations into extent of Iran arms scandal in which funds were covertly diverted to Nicaraguan Contras; FBI mentioned beginning its inquiry. President's order to cooperate, coming amid reports that Colonel Oliver North allegedly destroyed pertinent documents, said not extending to Congress investigators. Senate Intelligence Committee said seeking sworn testimony next wk. from North, former National Sec. Council dirs. John Poindexter and Robert McFarlane. [Committee chairperson Senator David DURENBERGER - notes he and co-chairperson Senator Patrick Leahy have asked Reagan to assure security of documents related to case.] Congress's criticism of NSC's failure to seize North's files until well after his interview by Attorney General Edwin Meese noted. [Representative John CONYERS, Junior - explains House committee 's request that Meese appoint special prosecutor.] [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - declines comment on report that he was aware of scheme from its inception.]

(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) Question of CIA's role in operation examined; details given, scenes shown. Odyessy of funds diverted from Iranian arms sales to CIA's Swiss bank account, coordinated by North and General Richard Secord (ret.) who in turn used pilot William Cooper and Felix Rodriguez to direct program from El Salvadoran base, detailed; Salvadoran base noted center for CIA flight operations in region. Connection between CIA and White House, according to Reagan admin. source, said through CIA agent Dewey Claridge; details given. Amt. diverted from Iranian arms sales and Contra fund budget, include salaries for gunrunners like Eugene Hasenfus, outlined on screen, discussed.

(Studio: Connie Chung) Iranian parliament speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said offering to help free more United States hostages in Lebanon if arms shipments continue.

Chung, Connie;
Francis, Fred;
Wallace, Chris

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