Well, would you give us a moment to read it,
Could you help us out Mr. Nields? Do I begin
the reading right on tab 5, or the page behind it?
Right on tab 5, and my question is simple. Did
you tell the Iranians with whom you were negotiating on October 8th
and 9th that the Secretary of Defense had told the President at his
most recent meeting, when the American people find out that this has
happened, they'll impeach him? That's the entire question. Did you
say that to the Iranians?
NORTH: Does it say that on this page, sir?
Yes, at the very top.
NORTH: Mr. Nields, this is apparently one of the
transcripts of tape recordings that I caused to be made of my
discussions with the Iranians. I would like to note that for every
conversation, whenever it was possible, I asked for the assistance
of our intelligence services to trans -- to tape record and
transcribe every single session, so that when I returned there would
be no doubt as to what I said. I am the one who created these
tapes, plus the seven hours of tape recordings that your committee
found yesterday, because I knew where they were, and I kept trying
to alert you to them, and I am the one who created those tapes so
there would never be any doubt in the minds of my superiors as to
what I had said, or why I had said it. That is a bald-faced lie,
told to the Iranians, and I will tell you right now, I'd have
offered the Iranians a free trip to Disneyland if we could have
gotten Americans home for it.