NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 11, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Ex-ntl. security advisor Robert McFarlane reported pleading guilty to charges in with regard to Iran/Contra scandal. Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) McFarlane noted cooperating with independent council Lawrence Walsh in hopes that he would be spared criminal charges. McFarlane's guilty pleas discussed. Walsh quoted. McFarlane noted admitting that he lied to Congress with regard to knowledge of third country aiding Nicaraguan Contras. Untruthful letters from McFarlane to Congress quoted on screen. McFarlane's possible punishments listed. [McFARLANE - comments on motivation behind actions.] [WALSH - refuses comment.] Grand jury reported considering indictments against other key figs. in Iran/Contra scandal. Possible conspiracy charges against Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Admiral John Poindexter, Richard Secord and Albert Hakim discussed. [NORTH - says won't plead guilty.] [Senator investigator Arthur LIMAN - comments on situation.] President Reagan reported not expected to be implicated in indictments. (Artist: Arthur Lien)
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In DC, Robert McFARLANE - says means of conducting business between President and Congress should be improved; says there's no more to be said re: Iran/Contra scandal; says doesn't want to discuss president pardon possibilities; describes superficial treatment issue given by media.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, DC: Chris Wallace) Reagan administration's reaction to Iran/Contra scandal indictments discussed. Impact of renewed interest in Iran/Contra scandal upon Vice President George Bush's presidential campaign predicted; details given.