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Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/10/04: CIA-RDP90-00965R000302320001-4 _ - -,o r,' Weinberger, Shultz I) deck; Casey sick By Bill Gertz and Damon Thompson THE WASHINGTON TIMES The Senate Intelligence Committee expEcts White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan to tell all he knows today about the festering Iran arms sale, the committee chairman said. At the top of what the committee expects to hear is who authorized what actions in the White House about the sale and related matters. "The issue is one of authority," Sen. David Durenber- ger, Minnesota Republican and committee chairman, said last night. "Who had the authority to do what is the important issue in this investigation. Don [Regan] can shed some light on who had what authority from the president because he was there." Mr. Regan's closed-door testimony before the Intel- ligence Committee is expected to be followed today and Wednesday with appearances by Secretary of State George Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar Wein- berger. Attorney General Edwin Meese III is expected to testify on Wednesday, but he has not formally accepted the committee's request to appear, Mr Durenberger said. But CIA Director William J. ts,,sey. who was scheduled to appear before the committee today, was hos- pitalized yesterday following a "mi- ir cerebral seizure," according to the CIA. Mr. Casey's testimony has been postponed indefinately. A spokesman for Georgetown University Hospital later said the 73- year-old intelligence director had "a seinire in which his arms and legs uttered multiple spasms for a pe- riod of about a minute." Meanwhile, Sen. Frank Murkow- ski. an Alaska Republican and mem- ber of the Intelligence Committee, said last night that the committee investigation has found that inves- tors from countries other than Canada ?? the focus of disclosures last week ? were involved in the Iranian arms sale. Mr. Nlurkowski iv()tild not elaborate on which other countries were involved. -All I'll say is that there are a lot of hank accounts, and a lot of money I passed through a lot of hands in a lot if places," Mr NIurkowski said. '-fhat seems to mean a lot of people v,,2ren't happy about the way busi- nt..ss was conducted." Mr. Durenberger said Mr. Regan 'I going to be perfectly free" to "say iinything that he wants to say" after the hearing slated to begin at 9:30 a in. Unlike other witnesses who have testified before the investigat- tile panel, Mr. Regan is not bound by WASHINGTON TIMES 16 December 1986 committee rules which forbid re- xealing secret testimony. , Since the widening Senate probe began Dec. I. the committee has been shackled by administration ,witnesses who have refused to testify, invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self- incrimination. But sources yesterday said the in- tricate details of the arms sale and alleged diversion of funds to the :anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan rebels 'week.riia.begin to unfold publicly this Sen. David Boren, Oklahoma Re- publican and incoming chairman of 'the Intelligence Committee, yester- day said "huge gaps' remain in the .investigation that is entering its ;third week. "We're a long way from knowing what has actually happened," Mr. Boren said. "The greatest injustice :would be if the committee tried to , rush a conclusion before the facts ? are known." Ile said the committee expects to :call more witnesses in "the intelli- gence field" before the probe is con- cluded. Also scheduled to appear to- day or tomorrow is National Security Council political military affairs director Howard Teicher. Committee members were meet- : Mg behind closed doors late last ! night to decide the next steps in the inquiry into the administration's role , into the arms sale and alleged diver- sion of up to S30 million in proceeds to the Nicaraguan resistance. Under discussion, sources said, was how to make the transition in the committee's inquiry when the new ; Senate convenes Jan. 6, and the rela- tion between the committee and a select Senate panel that will be ap- pointed today to investigate the af- fair. Mr. Boren will replace Mr. Duren- berger as chairman of the Intelligence Committee, while Sen. William Cohen, Maine Republican. will replace Sen. Patrick Leahy. Ver- mont Democrat, as vice chairman. Mr. Cohen and Mr. Boren have sent Senate leaders a memorandum urging a continuation of the Intel- ligence Committee probe, rather than combining it with the select Senate committee inquiry, Mr. Co- hen said yesterday. "We really are concerned about protecting the scope of the investiga- tion regarding covert activities," Mr. Cohen said in an interview. "That's something that belongs in our juris- diction. Despite use of the Fifth Amend- ment by former National Security Adviser John Poindexter and Lt. Col. Oliver North, a former NSC aide. Mr. Cohen said the Intelligence Commit- tee's probe has unearthed a wealth of information ? but key gaps remain. He said it has gathered most of the details of the arms deal, "unless there are icebergs lurking below the surface." But the most important piece in the puzzle ? the alleged diversion of funds to the Nicaraguan rebels ? remains a mystery, Mr. Cohen said. "We do not have the story of what, if anything, happened to the funds being sent to the Contras," Mr. Cohen said. "But that, in my judgement, could be cleared up in a couple of days with the testimony of Mr. North and Mr. Poindexter." Meanwhile, President Reagan yesterday paved the way for Mr. Regan's testimony by waiving a claim of executive privilege. White House spokesman Larry Speakes said Mr. Regan is willing to answer questions ? in an open ses- sion ? about his knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair. But a committee spokesman said an open hearing is unlikely Mr. Speakes said Mr. Regan is pre- pared to answer questions from the committee on "what happened ? what he knows. .. I think he's per- fectly willing to talk about whatever would help the committee in their pursuit of the facts." Mr. Regan has acknowledged he knew about the arms sale to Iran and supported it but has said he was not aware of the diversion of proceeds to the Nicaraguan resistance. News of Mr. Regan's plans to testify before the committee came amid reports that thg, president would be willing to make`an unprec- edented appearance before the con- gressional panel. Sen. Paul Laxalt, the Nevada Re- publican regarded as Mr. Reagan's closest friend in Congress, said he had discussed with Mr. Reagan the idea of the president testifying about the arms deal. Mr. Laxalt said it would be a dramatic gesture to demonstrate the president's willing- ness to get the facts before the pub- lic. But lbm Lot-anger, Mr. Laxalt's spokesman, yesterday said the sen- ator had recommended the pres- ident not take such a step unless Col. North and Adm. Poindexter first make full disclosures to Congress. Mr. Speakes said there had been no request for the president to talk to Capitol Hill investigators and none was anticipated. But Mr. Speakes, alluding to pres- . Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/10/04 : CIA-RDP90-00965R000302320001-4 Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/10/04: CIA-RDP90-00965R000302320001-4 sure on tne White House to persuade Col. North and Adm. Poindexter to testify in full, said: "We do reiterate. underscore and publicly proclaim we'd like them to tell evrything as - quickly as possible. We'd like to work out a way for them to do so." Some members of Congress have suggested the two former officials should be granted immunity from prosecution to encourage their testi- mony. But Mr. Speakes said the pres- ident would not offer clemency to the former officials. "There are no plans for executive clemency," Mr. Speakes said. In other developments: ? Sources confirmed reports that Iraq has been getting CIA intelli- gence data on the Iran-Iraq kva r for nearly two years. The aid, said to be satellite reconnaissance photo- graphs, coincided with secret U.S. weapons sales to Iran. ? Congressional sources said 11 members of the House Judiciary Committee were appealing to the special court to expand the special prosecutor's mandate to include "possible obstruction of justice by the !Justice! Department," including the decision to delay an FBI inves- tigation in Miami, and to examine the whole Contra supply network. Members of the Senate judiciary panel made a similar request earlier. ? Scripps Howard News Service reported that retiring Sen. Thomas Eagleton, Missouri Democrat, has been asked to work as a special coun- sel to the Senate committee. Senate Democratic leader Robert Byrd last week asked Mr. Eagleton to begin drafting the legislation needed to set up the new panel when Congress convenes Jan. 5, aides said. ? The Justice Department's inter- nal inspector is investigating At- torney General Edwin Nleese's han- dling of the initial probe of the secret Iran arms deals that turned up the diversion of millions to Nica- ragua, officials said yesterday Justice Department officials said Michael Shaheen, counsel to the de- partment's Office of Professional Responsibility has opened an in- _ _ _ quiry Into Mr. Meese's weekend tact- finding review that led to the star- tling disclosure on Nov. 25 that up to 5.30 million in proceeds from the arms sales were funneled to the Nicaraguan resistance. ? A private group of former Rea- gan political appointees announced a campaign to back the president during his worst crisis. The group's directors include for- mer U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirk- patrick; Helene von Damm- Guertler, former ambassador to Austria; Gerald P Carmen, former chief of the General Services Ad- ministration; and Donald J. Devine, former director of the Office of Per- sonnel Management. ? A federal judge, taking note of the Iran arms scandal, urged a pa- role commission to free a defendant he sentenced to prison for conspir- ing to ship arms to Iran and Chile. U.S. District Judge Robert Vining sent a letter Dec. 10 to the U.S. Parole Commission in Dallas, recommend- ing that Lemuel M. Stevens III be released immediately, a spokesman in ,Judge Vining's office said. Stevens. a former arms broker and president of the Marietta. Ga.- based International Services and and Logistics Ltd., pleaded guilty be- fore Judge Vining in September 1985 to two counts of export law vio- lations. ? Staff writer Walter Andrews con- tributed to this report which is based in part of wire service dispatches. Declassified and Approved For Release 2012/10/04: CIA-RDP90-00965R000302320001-4