Excerpts from testimony by Fawn Hall, secretary to former National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, in response to Mark A. Belnick, executive assistant to the Senate select committee chief counsel:

Q:. . . Did Col. North make it a practice to take notes of his daily activities?

A:Yes, he did.

Q: And where . . . ?

A:He kept a thin, spiral, reporter's notebook.

Q: And he carried that with him? . . . . And he marked down items to be completed, meetings and so forth.

A: Yes.

Q: I understand that . . . {Marine Lt. Col. Robert L.} Earl {North's assistant} maintained a similar notebook?

A: Yes, he did.

Q:Do you know where Col. North's notebooks are now?

A:I don't, sir.

Q: Have you seen any of those notebooks subsequent to Col. North's dismissal from the NSC {National Security Council} on Nov. 25, 1986?

A: Yes . . . . .

Q: Where did you see them?

A:On occasion, I visited Brendan Sullivan's office -- that is his lawyer . . . and I noticed that there was a stack of them in the corner . . . . I don't know that they were his -- but they were . . . similar.

Q: . . . Do you remember how many you estimated that you saw in the stack . . . ?

A:Maybe 10.

Q: . . . This memo {about "release of American hostages in Beirut"} . . . discovered by one of the attorney general's representatives on Nov. 22, 1986, which led to the announcement of the so-called diversion {of Iran arms sales profits to the contras} . . . Nov. 25 . . . . Did you type it?

A: Yes . . . . .

Q:In the upper right-hand corner of this memo . . . otherwise undated, there is a handwritten notation, "April" . . . . Do you recognize that handwriting?

A: It's that of Col. North.

Q: . . . Do you recall who prepared this document originally . . . who gave you the memo to take? . . . . Do you recall . . . typing it from his dictation?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Did the memo go through more than one draft?

A: {Yes}.

Q: {Was a draft} sent . . . to {Rear} Adm. {John M.} Poindexter {then national security adviser}?

A: I believe that Adm. Poindexter made some changes to it, yes.

Q: And you typed those changes and prepared an additional draft?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Do you recall whether this memorandum was ever prepared and sent out in a final form? . . . . Do you know if anyone else saw this memorandum, in draft or final . . . ?

A: I don't recall . . . . .

Q: . . . Do you remember . . . in or about early June of 1986, when you were asked by Col. North to type an account number on a card?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Do you recall that Assistant Secretary {of State} Elliott Abrams was present . . . ?

A: . . . Yes.

Q:. . . Would you describe . . . what happened?

A: I was sitting at my desk. Col. North passed me a piece of paper with an account number on it and asked me to type it. I pulled out a 3-by-5 index card, typed what I saw, returned the slip of paper that he had given me and the card.

Q: To Col. North?

A: Yes.

Q: And you understand from subsequent events that that's the account number which has come into controversy in connection with the contribution from Brunei?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: . . . Sometime during the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 21, 1986, did Col. North hand you several documents and ask you to make changes?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: Would you describe generally what he handed to you and what he asked you to do?

A: I was sitting at my desk, and he came outside of his office and handed me three or four original System IV packages {items from the most sensitive NSC files} with changes indicated on them -- I believe in red or blue ink . . . and asked me to make the changes, and I did so.

Q: . . . handwritten changes on original System IV documents?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: . . . Where had those {documents} been up until {then}?

A: I have no idea, sir.

Q: Did you recognize them as completed documents?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: . . . Did you recognize the handwriting on the {originals} . . . ?

A: {It was} Col. North's.

Q: Up until that time, had you ever been asked . . . to make changes to original completed System IV documents?

A: I don't believe so, sir.

Q: . . . Did you destroy the marked-up originals that Col. North gave you with the changes written in?

A: Yes, I did.

Q: Did Col. North ask you to destroy {them}?

A: I don't know if he, he told me to destroy them or if I just destroyed them on my own initiative.

Q: You understood from the circumstances exactly what you were expected to do?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: . . . On Nov. 25 . . . do you recall speaking to Col. North before the attorney general's press conference?

A: Yes, sir.

Q: What did Col. North say to you?

A: . . . I was sitting at my desk, and he commented that the president had fired him. And I said, "Oh, Ollie" -- you know -- "come on." And he said, "No, I'm serious" . . . . And I became very emotional. In fact, I started crying. I was very upset.

Q: . . . In looking through {your desk file} on Nov. 25 in the afternoon, you found the . . . {documents altered at North's request} and that concerned you . . . . Did you find other things that concerned you in your desk file?

A: I found some PROF {inner-office electronic mail} notes which I knew had been shredded . . . . Minutes of the Tehran meeting in 1986.

Q: . . . You were concerned. Why?

A: . . . about protecting the . . . Iran initiative and the contra initiative.

Q: And you knew that certain of those documents had been the same kinds of documents that Col. North was having shredded on Friday.

A: I don't know that they were similar . . . .

Q: . . . Did you call Col. North . . . . What did you say to him?

A: . . . I became panicked at the fact that I had discovered these and that they were going to be closing up {the office}, and I didn't know what to do. So I called him and {said} would he please come back. And he said . . . "No . . . there's really no need." And . . . I whispered very low . . . so that . . . others would not be able to hear me that I was concerned and that he needed to come back . . . . I tried to convey to him that . . . I had found documents . . . and I don't know if he quite understood. But . . . he understood in my voice the urgency of coming back . . . and he did so.

Q: . . . After your conversation . . . what did you do . . . in connection with the documents . . . ?

A: I believe I left the original altered documents downstairs and . . . I had started to Xerox {them} and had been interrupted, and I believe there was a few copies of {them}. I took them, the minutes and the PROF notes and a stack of other filing, so it would not look conspicuous, upstairs . . . and began to pull the PROF notes and the minutes . . . . I probably took the altered copies . . . folded them and placed them inside my boots. I was nervous since I was outside and I could be seen, and I wanted to do it very quickly. And so out of panic I ran into Col. Earl's office and asked him if he would help me pull the PROF notes from the pile, and he did so . . . . {They} were folded, and he was going to . . . put them in his jacket, and I . . . said, "No, you shouldn't have to do this. I'll do it." And . . . I put them . . . in my back . . . and I asked him to watch the door as I did this. And then when I had completed putting the documents in my back, I turned to him and asked him if he could see {them}, and he said no . . . .

Q: . . . Col. North went in to take a telephone call in his private office? . . . . Did you speak to him? . . . . What did you say?

A: I asked if he could see anything in my back, and {he} said no.

Q: . . . You . . . prepared with Col. North and Tom Green {who resigned as North's attorney the next day} to leave the office, correct?

A: Yes, sir.

Q:. . . When you reached the corridor {after inspection of briefcases} . . . , did you indicate to Col. North something concerning the documents . . . ?

A:Yes, I indicated . . . that I wanted to get {them to} him . . . and he . . . just said, "Wait till we get outside" . . . . And Tom Green said, "No, wait till we get inside the car" . . . . We . . . got in Tom Green's car on G Street and took off, and I started pulling the documents from my boots and then pulled from my back and indicated to Col. North . . . {that} this was copies . . . that I had, in fact, left the originals in the office . . . . Green . . . asked me, if I was asked about shredding, what would I say. And I said, "We shred every day." And he said, "Good" . . . .

Q: . . . Did you receive a call {Nov. 27} from a lawyer working with the White House counsel?

A: Yes . . . . I assume in response to the press reports that there had been a shredding incident in Col. North's office . . . . I told him that "We shred every day," and I led him to believe that there was nothing unusual about what had occurred.