× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Iran Arms Scandal #553053

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 08, 1987
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Iran arms scandal said contradicting President Reagan's initial denial that operation was arms-for- hostages; details given.

(DC: John Dancy) Committee's report, edited by CIA and White House, summarized; roles in scheme of CIA director William Casey, arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar, John Poindexter's "freezing out" of Secretary of State George Shultz, Colonel Oliver North, President's initial approval of operation, former national security adviser Robert McFarlane, CIA chief cnsl. Stanley Sporkin detailed. Rel. between first arms shipment and release of hostage Reverend Benjamin Weir noted; questions not answered by report listed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) Report's portrayal of North and Poindexter's reputed control of scheme examined; details given, scenes shown. Roles of Shultz, Weinberger, McFarlane, General Richard Secord (ret.), chief of staff Don. Regan, Attorney General Edwin Meese and Casey in the operation and its eventual disclosure detailed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Arthur Kent) Committee report's analysis of CIA's involvement in Iranian arms sales and diversion of funds detailed; include in discussion are CIA national intelligence ofr. Charles Allen, North, Ghorbanifar, CIA deputy director Robert Gates, Casey, Roy Furmark, Poindexter, Meese.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Chris Wallace) Discrepancy between report's chronology of President Reagan's arms-for-hostages operation and President's version of events considered; Casey's push for administration's development of cover story in event scheme became public noted. Implications for administration's sense of ethics and violations of law cited.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report noted incomplete so far.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Francis, Fred;
Kent, Arthur;
Wallace, Chris

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.