The prosecutor, Christian J. Mixter, reached that conclusion in 1991 even though he found that Mr. Reagan was briefed in advance about every weapons shipment sold to Iran in the arms-for-hostages deals in 1985-86...
Mr. Mixter concluded that it would be difficult to prosecute Mr. Reagan for violating the Arms Export Control Act mandating Congressional notification of arms transfers through a third country — Israel in the case of the Reagan White House’s secret arms sales to Iran in 1985. The reason, said Mr. Mixter, was that Mr. Meese had told Mr. Reagan that the National Security Act could be invoked to supersede the export control act.
In 1992, Mr. Mixter’s boss, Lawrence E. Walsh, the independent counsel in the case, obtained a grand jury indictment charging Caspar W. Weinberger, who was defense secretary in the Reagan administration, with concealing his detailed notes of the controversy from investigators.
Mr. Bush pardoned Mr. Weinberger and five other Iran-contra figures shortly before the former defense secretary was to go on trial.
The 89-page Mixter report is nothing less than a chronicle of mendacity on Bush’s part.
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