WASHINGTON — Two top Administration officials, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, made return appearances today before the grand jury investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.
Abrams, the State Department official in charge of Latin American affairs during the affair, spent about an hour before the panel--his third trip in a week.
Accompanied by his private attorney, Abrams declined comment after his session: "I'm making a plane, thank you."
Abrams has admitted misleading Congress about U.S. efforts to solicit funds for Nicaraguan rebels during the period that Lt. Col. Oliver L. North ran a clandestine supply operation when U.S. efforts to arm the rebels were forbidden. After Abrams' testimony today, Meese returned for his fifth appearance before the panel.
In between the testimony of the two witnesses, the independent counsel in the case, Lawrence E. Walsh, spoke privately with the grand jurors.