Former President Reagan went back to court Saturday to face more tough questioning on just how much he knew about the Iran-Contra scandal. His answers, being videotaped for use in the defense of his former national security adviser John Poindexter, will be made public next week.
Reagan arrived at the U.S. Federal courthouse in Los Angeles during a driving rainstorm and hurried into the building without saying anything to reporters.
He has maintained he knew nothing of the affair, in which arms were sold to Iran and the profits used to aid the Nicaraguan Contras, but Poindexter, who faces criminal charges over the scandal, says his chief was briefed daily on what was going on.
Three cameras, staffed by Justice department crews, were being used to videotape Reagan's testimony. One was trained on Reagan, one on Judge Harold Greene, and one on the attorney questioning Reagan.
Greene, who will preside over Poindexter's case when it opens March 5, ordered the videotaped testimony in preference to Reagan's appearance in court so that any state secrets the 79-year-old former chief executive might let slip can be edited out.