Address to the Nation on
the Investigation of the
afternoon. Since the outset of the controversy over our policy relating to
I have said earlier that I would welcome the appointment of an independent
counsel to look into allegations of illegality in the sale of arms to
Yesterday I had my first meeting with the Special Review Board. That Review Board is made up of three men of unquestioned integrity and broad experience in foreign and national security policy. In the meeting with the Board, they promised me a tough, no-nonsense investigation; and I promised them the full cooperation of the White House staff and all Agencies of the executive branch. No area of the NSC staff's activities will be immune from review. And when the Board reports to me, I intend to make their conclusions and recommendations available to Congress and to the American people. With the appointment of an independent counsel, we will have in place a dual system for assuring a thorough review of all aspects of this matter. If illegal acts were undertaken, those who did so will be brought to justice. If actions in implementing my policy were taken without my authorization, knowledge, or concurrence, this will be exposed and appropriate corrective steps will be implemented.
I recognize fully the interest of Congress in this matter and the fact that in performing its important oversight and legislative role Congress will want to inquire into what occurred. We will cooperate fully with these inquiries. I have already taken the unprecedented step of permitting two of my former national security advisers to testify before a committee of Congress. These congressional inquiries should continue. But I do believe Congress can carry out its duties in getting the facts without disrupting the orderly conduct of a vital part of this nation's government. Accordingly, I am urging the Congress to consider some mechanism that will consolidate its inquiries -- such a step has already been requested by several Members of Congress. I support the idea.
closing, I want to state again that it is my policy to oppose terrorism
throughout the world, to punish those who support it, and to make common cause
with those who seek to suppress it. This has been my policy and will continue
to be my policy. If the investigative processes now set in motion are given an
opportunity to work, all the facts concerning
am pleased to announce today that I am appointing Frank Carlucci as Assistant
to the President for National Security Affairs. A former Deputy Secretary of
Defense, Deputy Director of the CIA, and Ambassador to
Thank you, and God bless you.
Note: The President spoke at from the Oval Office at the White House. His address was broadcast live on nationwide radio and television.