June 21, 1988 |
A former CIA station chief in Costa Rica was indicted Monday on charges of conspiracy to provide illegal aid to the Nicaraguan rebels, a sign that independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh has extended his investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal to focus on the actions of several CIA officials. Joseph F. Fernandez, 51, was charged with helping then-White House aide Oliver L. North deliver guns to the Contras in 1986, during a period when Congress had banned U.S. military aid to the rebels.
February 6, 1990 |
A federal judge on Monday ordered former President Ronald Reagan to give videotaped testimony as a defense witness in the Iran-Contra trial of former White House National Security Adviser John M. Poindexter. U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene brushed aside Reagan's claim that the dignity of the presidency would be damaged by requiring a former President to give evidence against his will. "It would not be fair . . .
June 16, 1991 |
Former President Ronald Reagan on Saturday labeled as "absolute fiction" charges that he or his campaign staff conducted talks with Iran to prevent the freeing of American hostages held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before the 1980 election.
December 31, 1987 |
It began as a shipload of weapons for the Nicaraguan Contras, secretly bought in a dark corner of the international arms bazaar from a notorious Mideast terrorist by private agents of White House aide Oliver L. North.
September 17, 1991 |
A federal judge on Monday dropped all criminal charges against Oliver L. North, the central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, ending a saga that the former White House aide characterized as "five years of fire." U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell dismissed the case at the request of independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, who said that testimony provided last week by North's former boss, Robert C. McFarlane, made it unlikely that North's previous convictions could be reinstated.
August 5, 1987 |
The three months of hearings by the congressional Iran- contra investigating committees produced not only some extraordinary information but also some memorable lines. Here are some of the best: Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord, who organized the private airlift to supply arms to Nicaragua's contras and participated in the arms sales to Iran. Testified May 5-8.