President Reagan said yesterday he "hasn't heard a single word" of testimony in the Iran-contra hearings indicating that laws were broken.
Reagan made the comment during a picture-taking session with visiting President Omar Bongo of Gabon and told reporters that he intends to deal with the "whole affair when the hearings are over."
After almost 11 weeks of hearings and nine months since the affair was made public, Reagan sidestepped a direct question on whether he would pardon ousted National Security Council aide Lt. Col. Oliver L. North and former national security adviser Rear Adm. John M. Poindexter.
Lawyers for the former aides have said both are targets of a special prosecutor's investigation.
"I am going to speak out on that whole subject -- the subject of this whole affair -- when the hearings are over," Reagan said
"You know, I don't take questions at these photo opportunities," he said. "But when you ask a question like that, I haven't heard a single word that indicated in any of the testimony that laws were broken."
Reagan will deliver a major speech early this month and announce his plan to campaign for an increase in aid for the Nicaraguan rebels, aides said. White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said Reagan does not intend to have a news conference before the fall.