President Reagan appeared before the Tower Commission on 2 Decemberto answer questions regarding his involvement in the affair.
The only direct testimony linking Casey to early knowledge of the diversion came from [Oliver] North. The main objectives of the commission were to inquire into "the circumstances surrounding the Iran—Contra matter, other case studies that might reveal strengths and weaknesses in the operation of the National Security Council system under stress, and the manner in which that system has served eight different presidents since its inception in ".
Though his diaries included that he was "one of the few people that know fully the details", he repeatedly refused to discuss the incident and won the election. The OIC had to drop the main conspiracy charges, because not all of the information was available. As reported in The New York Times in"continuing allegations that Reagan campaign officials made a deal with the Iranian Government of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the fall of " led to "limited investigations.
Maybe you made some kind of bonehead play here. At the same time we undertook this initiative, we made clear that Iran must oppose all forms of international terrorism as a condition of progress in our relationship. He thought this was just another thing that he ought to be doing. In earlythe Reagan-appointed Tower Commission, chaired by Republican Texas Senator John Tower, found no evidence that Reagan himself was aware of the details or extent of the operation, and that the initial sale of arms to Iran had not been a criminal act.
The Soviet Union is better positioned than the U. Shultz, Don Regan agreed. No one was killed, and the worst that can happen is the President is accused of making a bad foreign policy decision.
The Iran-contra scandal 25 years later. It was impossible.