NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 02, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Chris Wallace) President Reagan reported nominating deputy CIA director Robert Gates to succeed ailing director William Casey who resigned today at urging of chief of staff Don. Regan and Attorney General Edwin Meese; details given, scenes shown. [Representative Larry SMITH, former CIA director Ray CLINE - disagree on Casey's decision.] Casey's impact on agency reviewed; criticism of CIA's mining of Nicaragua's harbors, its handling of USSR defector Vitaly Yurchenko and failure to inform Congress of its operations noted. [November 21, 1986, CASEY - denies breaking law.] [Representative Dave McCURDY, Admiral Bobby INMAN (ret.) - praise Gates.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - accuses Gates of keeping information on illegal Iran arms scheme from Congress]