Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up

Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up


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Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up by Lawrence E. Walsh

June 1997

The independent counsel in the Iran-Contra investigation from 1986 to 1993, Lawrence Walsh has written a book that reveals what really happened in the scandal that crippled President Reagan's second term and captivated the nation with the United States' most serious constitutional crisis since Watergate. Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-Up addresses the illegal support of right-wing insurgents, shredded documents, secret bank accounts, "honorable" men lying under oath -- all while the independent counsel was under a microscope.

Walsh uncovers the truth and gets behind the firewall built to protect and shield President Reagan and numerous other high-ranking officials. He shows how the United States' arms sales to Iran were closely linked to President Reagan, and how Reagan led an illegal effort to supply the Nicaraguan contras. He also clears up the nature of the Iran-Contra conspiracy, which the Republican leaders present as a policy disagreement but was, according to Walsh, actually a deliberate and illegal conspiracy originating from the top levels of the Reagan Administration. Walsh tells the story of high-ranking officials giving false testimony to Congress, denying the existence of numerous crucial diaries and notes, lying about evidence they possessed.

Firewall also reveals how President Reagan was informed of the unlawful activities committed in his name, while he attempted to convince others that he never traded arms for hostages. Walsh explains that this deception was happening as Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger was misleading investigators and denying the existence of his explosive diaries, which were withheld from the investigation for years. The list of those participating and lying goes on: Vice President Bush was far from "out of the loop," as he so emphatically claimed. Bush supported sending arms to Iran while supplying the contras, both activities forbidden by law. He also hid his diaries and pardoned Secretary Weinberger in the waning days of his administration, blocking full public disclosure of his involvement. Attorney General Edwin Meese was also involved. His initial investigation was, says Walsh, really an attempt to protect President Reagan, his longtime patron and ally. While the nation's highest law-enforcement officer was supposed to search for justice, he protected his guilty friends, by giving them time to destroy documents. And even Senator Robert Dole was involved, writes Walsh: Dole led those trying to undermine the independent investigation. Dole also secured the pardon of Caspar Weinberger -- but then inveighed against presidential pardons during his 1996 campaign for president.

Keeping in the tradition of All the President's Men, Firewall follows an investigative team that has spent six years tracking leads in the face of resistance. Walsh explains in easy-to-read text the complexities of a major investigation while describing the tactics of his opponents -- from their initial lies to their escape from justice. Firewall also expresses the anguish of a man discovering the rule of law evaded and violated by our own leaders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393040340
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/1997
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.75(d)
Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)

About the Author

Lawrence E. Walsh (1912—2014) was an American lawyer and former U.S. District Court judge and Deputy Attorney General who was appointed Independent Counsel in December 1986 to investigate the Iran-Contra affair during the Reagan Administration.

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