WASHINGTON — An angry Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) today said he will take action to remove a fellow senator from the Senate panel probing the Iran- contra scandal if he is found to have leaked sensitive information from the investigation.
Inouye was responding to a New York Times story that said evidence shows ex-CIA Director William J. Casey was the mastermind behind secretly supplying arms to the Nicaraguan rebels. The newspaper cited unidentified members of Congress investigating the scandal.
"Casey's fingerprints are everywhere," one lawmaker told the newspaper.
Another said Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, the White House aide fired for his role in the scandal, "surely needed the expertise and help of the CIA to do all the things he did in Central America."
Following a morning meeting of the Senate panel, Inouye said an investigation was started to try to determine who leaked the information.