Iran Contra Affair

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Iran Contra Affair

Iran Contra Affair

Iranian Hostage Crisis

ChronologyDec. 1981- Reagan authorizes CIA to aid contrasDec. 1982- Congress passes Boland Amendment restricting funding of the ContrasFeb- Aug 1985- Colonel Oliver North arrages for purchase of arms for hostagesNov. 1986- Reports of arms-for-hostages deal broken by press; Reagan ends exchangeNov. 1986- North and Poindexter dismissed by Reagan ater announcement of profits being exchanged with contrasJul. 1987- North is questioned after investigationNov. 1987- Reagan 9is ultimately responsible for Iran-contra affairApr- May 1990- Poindexter and North are convicted of perjury and obstructing justice

In 1979, Islamic fundamentalists seized the American embassy in Tehran, Iran and took Americans working there hostage.

Federal government would supply hundreds of missiles for release of the hostages. Profits made from this trade would be funneled to anti-communist contras in Nicuragua.

Rumors would surface, and President Reagan would take full responsibility for his actions in March 1987.

Course of Action by the U.S.

Revealing the Scandal

President Ronald Reagan-Gave the go-ahead for all operations abroad and is held responsible for the scandal. He also broke the promise of not trading with Iran

John Poindexter-Served as National Security Adviser under Reagan. Charged with lying to Congress, defrauding the government, and obstruction of justice.

Oliver North- Worked under Reagan in the National Security Council. Central coordinator of sales. Charged with accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry


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