Off The Hook . . . for Now

Reagan gets the word that he is not a target in the Iran-contra probe

The signals have suggested otherwise. Former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, who will stand trial early next year on perjury charges, strongly implied that special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh had offered to reduce charges against him if he would help finger Ronald Reagan. Clair George, formerly the CIA deputy director for operations, who is now on trial for perjury, received a similar offer to name names right to the top. Oliver North, once Reagan's most adoring acolyte, proclaimed his own unclouded version of the former President's involvement in the Iran-contra scandal in his memoirs: "President Reagan knew everything."

And yet the special...

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