Shredded Policies, Arrogant Attitudes

A clear picture of deceit emerges from the first round of hearings

The long-awaited witness initially seemed as skittish as her name would suggest. Fawn Hall's right hand trembled when she was sworn in as the 18th and final witness in the first phase of the congressional hearings on the Iran- contra scandal. But when she coolly related an extraordinary tale of typing phony official documents, shredding classified papers and hiding others in her clothes to sneak them past White House guards, her face hardened. Whenever her motives or those of her boss, Lieut. Colonel Oliver North, were challenged, she flashed both anger and fear. "Sometimes you have to go above the written...