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December 25, 1992 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Bush granted Christmas Eve pardons to former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger and five other former government officials Thursday, wiping out all pending criminal prosecutions in the Iran-Contra case. In an angry statement, the Iran-Contra independent counsel, Lawrence E. Walsh, accused Bush of "misconduct" and declared that the pardon was part of the cover-up that "has continued for more than six years."
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September 11, 1994 | THOMAS B. ROSENSTIEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush deceived the public about their knowledge of the Iran-Contra arms-for-hostages deal, according to memoirs being published Monday by one of the central figures in the event, former National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane. McFarlane says he briefed President Reagan and then-Vice President Bush from the start of the deal in 1985, 17 months earlier than Bush admits he knew about it.
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March 5, 1987 | MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer
Penthouse magazine says it will pay former White House secretary Fawn Hall $500,000 to pose nude. Playboy magazine wants her for a "celebrity pictorial." Her friends say she is also receiving television, film and modeling offers. So far, they say, she is not interested. "She thought the (Penthouse) offer was disgusting," said F. Andrew Messing Jr., a conservative activist and friend of Hall's. Hall, former secretary to fired National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver L.
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January 20, 1994 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz considered George Bush a "superficial" politician who was "up to his ears" in the Iran-Contra scandal, according to Lawrence E. Walsh, the independent counsel who investigated the affair. But Walsh's final report also said that Shultz himself knew more about then-President Ronald Reagan's secret arms sales to Iran than he later admitted to Congress.
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June 21, 1988 | DOYLE McMANUS and RONALD J. OSTROW, Times Staff Writers
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.
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February 6, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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 . . .
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June 16, 1991 | SAM FULWOOD III, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 31, 1987 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL and MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writers
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.
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September 17, 1991 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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August 5, 1987 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 19, 1994 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scathing counterattack, former President Ronald Reagan and key officials of his Administration denounced the final report of the Iran-Contra independent counsel Tuesday as "fantasy . . . fiction . . . prosecutorial abuse" and the product of a Soviet-style inquisition. Former President George Bush, vice president at the time of the Iran-Contra controversy, accused independent counsel Lawrence E.
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January 19, 1994 | SARA FRITZ and DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
While some details of the Iran-Contra scandal may be in dispute, independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh's findings in no way alter the tale of a secret foreign policy gone wrong. Indeed, as it has unfolded over the past seven years, the plot has proved too thick for any fiction writer to concoct: First, President Ronald Reagan made a decision to sell arms to Iran in opposition to his own policy to remain neutral in the Iran-Iraq war.
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January 19, 1994 | ROBERT L. JACKSON and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush engaged in conduct that contributed to "a concerted effort to deceive Congress and the public" about the Iran-Contra scandal, according to the final report issued Tuesday by the independent counsel who investigated the affair. In his findings, Lawrence E.
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December 4, 1993 | From Associated Press
The final report by independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh on the Iran-Contra scandal soon will be made public with few if any deletions, a federal appeals court said Friday. "The court not only considers it appropriate but in the public interest that as full a disclosure as possible be made of the final report of the independent counsel," the special three-judge panel said. "The possibility exists," the court added, that federal law or court rules "may require limited deletions."
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November 1, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Special prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh's final report on the Iran-Contra scandal concludes that President Ronald Reagan was not out of the loop nor an innocent victim of overzealous aides, according to U.S. News & World Report. The report alleges that Reagan personally directed national security aides Robert C. McFarlane and John M. Poindexter at critical periods during the secret and illegal shipments of U.S. missiles to Iran in 1985 and 1986, according to sources who saw a final draft.
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October 16, 1993 | From Associated Press
Iran-Contra prosecutors concluded in their final report that top Cabinet officers to President Ronald Reagan engaged in a cover-up, plotting to make Oliver L. North and two national security advisers "scapegoats whose sacrifice would protect" the Administration, sources familiar with the document say. The report lays substantial blame for the cover-up on former Atty. Gen.
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May 15, 1987 | WILLIAM C. REMPEL, Times Staff Writer
Control of Adnan Khashoggi's prized yacht, the Nabila, has been seized by the Sultan of Brunei for nonpayment of a $50-million loan, The Times has learned, in the latest in a series of financial setbacks bedeviling the Saudi Arabian businessman who was a key middleman in U.S.-Iran arms deals last year. It also has been confirmed that Khashoggi's luxury DC-8 jetliner has been grounded by litigation over a $15-million loan he defaulted on last year.
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February 23, 1990 | SARA FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former President Ronald Reagan, discussing the Iran-Contra affair under oath for the first time, said in testimony released Thursday that he did not authorize the diversion of funds from the Iran arms sales to the Nicaraguan resistance and declared he still doubts whether it actually ever happened.
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February 10, 1993 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Iran-Contra independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, firing back at Republican critics who have charged that he has tried to "criminalize" policy disputes between the President and Congress, argued Tuesday for restoring the law under which he was appointed. Prosecuting officials who lie to congressional committees is not "criminalizing" policy disputes, as critics have charged, because lying to Congress is a crime, Walsh said. Speaking in Boston to the American Bar Assn.
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February 9, 1993 | RONALD J. OSTROW and ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Accusing former President George Bush of "an absolute disdain for the rule of law," independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh said Monday that Bush's pardon of former Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger blocked public airing of "new and disturbing facts" about the Iran-Contra scandal. Walsh, in an interim report to Congress prompted by Bush's Christmas Eve pardon, said that former Secretary of State George P.
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