NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 04, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Oliver North reported convicted on 3 of 12 counts in Iran/Contra trial. Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) Verdict outlined; details given, scenes shown. [NORTH - says he'll appeal.] [Prosecutor John KEKER - claims victory.] North's testimony noted contradicted by stmts. of Fawn Hall, Robert McFarlane, Vincent Cannistraro &Mary Dix; late CIA director William Casey mentioned. North noted maintaining that he acted upon orders of then-pres. Reagan. John Poindexter's trial noted scheduled. (Artist: Betty Wells)
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Congress investigators reported wanting to reexamine roles of Reagan and then-vice president Bush in Iran/Contra affair. Report introduced.
(DC: John Dancy) 1987 Congress hearings recalled. North's attorney Brendan Sullivan reported introduced documents at trial that Congress investigators never examined; details of documents given. [Senator George MITCHELL - says Bush's role needs defining.] [BUSH - says there was no quid pro quo.] Court document quoted on screen; State Department's response noted. [Iran/Contra committee chief cnsl. Arthur LIMAN - says Reagan allowed scandal to occur.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, DC: John Cochran) Bush reported promising to provide information re: trip he made to Honduras in 1985. Bush recalled hoping that North would be acquitted. Pardon possibilities for North noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw)[Representative Lee HAMILTON - plans to examine those documents that were previously kept from Congress investigators.]