May 17, 1987 |
President Reagan, saying it is "awfully easy to be a little short of memory," said Friday that he may have discussed a plan to pay people to rescue American hostages in Lebanon, but he added, "I've never thought of that as ransom." The once-secret program has been described in congressional testimony as an operation using federal drug agents to pay bribes and a $2-million ransom to win the hostages' release.
July 24, 1987 |
Secretary of State George P. Shultz, in an unusual public confession, told the congressional Iran- contra committees Thursday that he has offered his resignation to President Reagan at least three times as a result of friction with the CIA and White House staff. All three of Shultz's resignation offers were rejected by Reagan, according to his testimony, and each actually seemed to result in an improvement in the working relationship between the President and the secretary of state.
October 5, 1987 |
The State Department ran an illegal, covert domestic propaganda campaign in 1985 that secretly produced articles for the opinion pages of leading newspapers criticizing Nicaragua's leftist government, according to a congressional report released Sunday.
June 4, 1987 |
Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams was warned by members of Congress on Wednesday that he seems to have been selected as one of the Reagan Administration's "designated fall guys" who will be forced to resign to pay for the Iran- contra scandal. In Abrams' second day of questioning by the Iran-contra committee, several members suggested that the brash assistant secretary for Latin American affairs was being "hung out to dry" by Administration officials. And Sen. David L.