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Reagan Won't Issue Apology on Iran, White House Says

January 15, 1987|From Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Reagan has no plans to apologize for the Iran arms scandal, despite suggestions by some Republican congressional leaders that he say he is sorry, the White House said today.

"The President has said mistakes were made, but he certainly feels no apology is necessary," White House spokesman Albert R. Brashear said.

"The President feels he has done nothing for which he feels he must apologize," Brashear added.

Several Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Warren B. Rudman of New Hampshire, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah and William S. Cohen of Maine have called on Reagan to explicitly accept responsibility for the affair.

An aide to Hatch confirmed a New York Times report today that Hatch believes that the proper course would be for Reagan to say, "The buck stops here; if I didn't know, I should have known."

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