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Remembering Reagan: Histories Idiots Part 3

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"By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations.  In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever."   first, public office definitions specify corruption as deviation from legal and public duty norms for the purposes of private gain. Second, market system definitions define corruption as part of the rational utility maximizing behavior of public officials. Third, public interest definitions view corruption as the betrayal of some broad "public interest        from p. 184,Sleep-Walking Through History: America in the Reagan Years, by Haynes  Johnson, (1991, Doubleday), During his time as president, he presided over significant scandals and debacles.   The Iran Contra Affair Department of housing and urban development grant rigging Lobbying Scandals EPA scandal Debategate Wedtech  Operation Ill wind The Big Sleep The savings and loans crisis The Nuclear War Scare! Iran–Contra affair[edit] Main article: Iran–Contra affair   The lasting memory I have of this research are just a few of reagan’s words- “I don’t recall that” or “Sorry, i can’t recall” “The common ingredients of the Iran and Contra policies were secrecy, deception, and disdain for the law...the United States simultaneously pursued two contradictory foreign policies — a public one and a secret one” (Report of the Congressional Committees Investigating the IranContra Affair)(3) The most well-known and politically damaging of the scandals came to light in November 1986, when Ronald Reagan conceded that the United States had sold weapons to the Islamic Republic of Iran, as part of a largely unsuccessful effort to secure the release of six U.S. citizens being held hostage in Lebanon. It was also disclosed that some of the money from the arms deal with Iran had been covertly and illegally funneled into a fund to aid the right-wing Contras counter-revolutionary groups seeking to overthrow the socialist Sandinista government of Nicaragua. The Iran–Contra affair, as it became known, did serious damage to the Reagan presidency. The investigations were effectively halted when President George H. W. Bush (Reagan's vice president) pardoned Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger before his trial began.[2] Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense, was pardoned before trial produced by George H. W. Bush Elliott Abrams agreed to cooperate with investigators and in return was allowed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges instead of facing possible felony indictments. He was sentenced to two years probation and one hundred hours of community service. He was also pardoned by Bush on December 24, 1992 along with five other former Reagan Administration officials who had been implicated in connection with Iran–Contra.[3] National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane, pleaded guilty to four misdemeanors and was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine.[3] He was also pardoned by Bush. Alan D. Fiers was the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Central American Task Force. He pleaded guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information from Congress and was sentenced to one year of probation and one hundred hours of community service. He was also pardoned by Bush.[3][4] Richard R. Miller – Partner with Oliver North in IBC, an Office of Public Diplomacy front group, convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States.[3][5] Clair George was Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Division of Covert Operations under President Reagan. George was convicted of lying to two congressional committees in 1986. He was pardoned by Bush.[3][4][6] Richard Secord was indicted on nine felony counts of lying to Congress and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to Congress.[3][7] Thomas G. Clines was convicted of --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/seth-michels66/support

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