This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) First witness in joint House-Senator hearings on Iran/Contra scandal, General Richard Secord (ret.), profiled on screen.
(DC: Brit Hume) Secord's testimony reviewed; scenes shown. [SECORD - cites operants' commitment to mission, their belief that administration knew of and approved it; defs. operation.] Secord said claiming he was recruited by Colonel Oliver North. [SECORD - attacks Attorney General Edwin Meese as "succumbing to anxiety and ignorance" regarding November statement about diversion of Iranian arms sale funds to Contras; feels operants were "betrayed, abandoned" by admin.] Secord's financial breakdown of funds involved listed on screen. [SECORD - claims some funds were used for Drug Enforcement Admin. agents in scheme of North's to free hostages in Lebanon; describes meeting with then-CIA dir. William Casey on operation.] Amt. reportedly donated by Saudis to scheme mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Sam Donaldson) White House effort to deflect attention on President Reagan from hearings described; scenes shown. [REAGAN - denies any knowledge of solicitation by administration personnel, include North.] Admin.'s reaction to Secord's allegation that it betrayed mission noted. [REAGAN - hopes to find out what happened from hearings.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item announced; item recapped at end of broadcast
(Studio: Peter Jennings) General Richard Secord's (ret.) testimony on first day of Iran/Contra hearings recapped. [Senator Dan. INOUYE, Representative Lee HAMILTON - discuss Secord's testimony today on roles of Colonel Oliver North, William Casey, diversion of funds, purpose of today's hearing.]
(DC: John Martin) Background to Iran/Contra scheme and its discovery, beginning with downing of Eugene Hasenfus' plane in Nicaragua, reviewed; scenes shown. [SECORD - cites catalyst to scheme.] [Former ambassador Lewis TAMBS - defs. his role in helping construct Contra airstrip in Costa Rica.] Tambs recalled claiming his orders came from Oliver North, Elliott Abrams and CIA. [SECORD - recalls discussing possibility of turning operation over to CIA with then-dir. William Casey.] Focus of continued grand jury and Congress committee investigation explained.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pentagon reported confirming United States military involvement in Guatemalan guerrilla war; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Dr. David Linder reported claiming son Benjamin Linder, a vol. engineer in Nicaragua, was recently killed deliberately by Contras; details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Justice Department reported investigating Attorney General Edwin Meese's relationship with Wedtech Corp.; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) "Miami Herald"'s allegation that Gary Hart and Donna Rice spent night together recalled.
(NYC: Jim Wooten) Hart's response, in speech to American Newspaper Publishers Association here today and possible impact on his presidential campaign, featured; details given, scenes shown. [HART - defs. his actions, denies newspaper's chgs.] His explanation of their past encounters outlined on screen. [HART - thinks truth will prevail.] [Voice of "Miami Herald" publisher Richard CAPEN, reporter Tom FIEDLER - stand by veracity of story.] Explanation for Lee Hart's absence today mentioned. [Iowa Hart supporter Gary RUBIN, Iowa Democrat state chairperson Bonnie CAMPBELL - debate ramifications for campaign]
(Miami, Florida: Mark Potter) ["Miami Herald" executive editor Heath MERIWETHER - defs. paper's coverage; explains.] [Last night, RICE - expects to meet with attys., to issue statement tomorrow.] [Attorney Thomas McALILEY - denies sexual innuendos about Hart-Rice rel.] Rice's background outlined. [Photographer Brian KING - praises Rice's character.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Findings of ABC News poll on public's reaction to story outlined on screen, discussed. "Nightline" announced; item recapped at end of broadcast
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(No location given: Ken Kashiwahara) Illegal aliens' response to first day of amnesty under new immigration law examined; details given, scenes shown. Relief for several aliens (named) under plan described. [ORTIZ family member - praises US.] [PEOPLE - explain their predicament.] [INS spokesperson Harold EZELL - praises system.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Postal Service reported proposing first class rate incr.; details given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Denver, Colorado, amnesia victim known as "Rosie" said iden. by Indianapolis, IN, residents as Virginia McMahon; details given, scenes shown.