CIA Director Confirmation Day 3, Part 1

The committee continued to hear testimony on Robert Gates, former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, during the third day of… read more

The committee continued to hear testimony on Robert Gates, former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, during the third day of Mr. Gates' confirmation hearings for the position of director of Central Intelligence. The committee heard testimony from Alan Fiers, former head of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Central America task force, attesting to Mr. Gates' “baseline knowledge” of the Iran-Contra affair before it became public. Mr. Gates has denied knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair before it became public, and has been questioned harshly by committee members who question how the second in command at the Central Intelligence Agency during the 1980's could have been ignorant of the illegal activity. Mr. Fiers discussed his work at the Central Intelligence Agency, the former head of the CIA William Casey, and the performance of Mr. Gates in the CIA. Mr. Fiers admitted he did not discuss the diversion of profits from arms sales with Iran to the Contras with Mr. Gates, but said Mr. Gates “understood the universe.” He also discussed a meeting of CIA officials in which Mr. Casey attempted to create a facade of ignorance about the Iran-Contra affair for all CIA officials. close

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CIA Director Confirmation Day 3, Part 1

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21425-1
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Senate Committee
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Senate Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 19, 1991
Last Aired:
Sep 23, 1991

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  • Sep 19, 1991 | 10:45am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 19, 1991 | 9:46pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 22, 1991 | 1:05am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 23, 1991 | 2:00am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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