Awkward Timing

A grand jury charges Weinberger anew, involving George Bush

"GEORGE SHULTZ + I opposed -- Bill Casey, Ed Meese + VP favored -- as did Poindexter." With those words, taken from his personal handwritten notes of the Jan. 7, 1986, White House meeting about the notorious Iran arms-for- hostages deal, former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger contradicted both his own sworn statements that he had any evidence relevant to the Iran-contra affair and the assertions by George Bush that he was not aware of the proposed swap. As a result, Weinberger was indicted by a Washington grand jury on one additional felony count of making false statements to Congress. The revelation...

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