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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Iran/Contra scandal indictments against Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, Richard Secord, Albert Hakim and Admiral John Poindexter discussed. President Reagan reported asserting views with regard to situation. Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) Reagan reported maintaining that North is hero and men listed above will be found innocent of charges. [REAGAN - says can't discuss pardons until trial over.] Reagan noted ignoring aides' advice by discussing Iran/Contra scandal. [REAGAN - says situation not really scandal.] [On 16 March '88, REAGAN - says courts to decide if laws broken.] Reagan aides reported asserting President defending sale of arms to Iran, not diversion of funds. [Chief council to Senator Iran/Contra scandal committee Arthur LIMAN - says Reagan doesn't understand facts of situation.] [Senator Alan CRANSTON - accuses Reagan of prejudicing jury.] [NORTH -says is grateful for Reagan's support.] Reagan's aides reported dismayed by stmts. White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted.
- Brokaw, Tom;
- Mitchell, Andrea
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