ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BRADFORD REYNOLDS

"{Reynolds} did mention . . . . that there's a memo that he had come across and obviously resolved to get a copy of, that suggested a possibility that some of the monies that had been generated and paid by the Iranians for the arms . . . had been provided to the contras . . . . " -- Testimony by Charles J. Cooper, assistant attorney general, before congressional Iran-contra committees, June 25

FAWN HALL

"Q. {The memo} which led to the announcement of the so-called diversion {of Iran arms sales profits to the contras} . . . did you type it? Hall. Yes. Q. . . . Did the memo go through more than one draft? . . . . A. I believe that Adm. {John M.} Poindexter made some changes to it, yes. Q. And you typed those changes and prepared an additional draft? A. Yes, sir." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, June 8

RICHARD V. SECORD

Q. Was that the position that you hoped to return to -- as head of covert operations at the CIA? Secord. That was one of my ambitions at one time, yes. Q. Now, I'm not asking you about legalities here or not. I want to bring out some facts. You felt that the United States' ability to conduct covert operations was impaired. Am I correct? A. Yes sir. Q. And you felt that you could make a contribution in that area? A. Correct. Q. And you felt, indeed, that you could do a better job than the people who were in charge of covert operations. Is that correct? A. I thought so." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, May 7

MANUCHER GHORBANIFAR

"We used him in the '79-'81 period . . . . Mr. Ghorbanifar's information, intelligence, regardless of the subject, was inaccurate, incomplete and dishonest . . . . I sent a cable around the world {Jan. 16, 1986} saying Ghorbanifar is a crook, you will have nothing to do with him . . . . " -- Testimony by Clair E. George, CIA deputy director of covert operations, before congressional Iran-contra committees, Aug. 5-6

REAR ADM. JOHN M. POINDEXTER

"Q. On {Nov. 21, 1986} did {Lt. Col. Oliver L.} North ask you, as he has testified here, whether you had told the president about the diversion {of Iran arms sale profits to the contras}? Poindexter. I heard his testimony. I don't recall that. Q. Do you recall him asking you, at any time, about that subject? A. I -- I simply don't recall it. He -- he may have, but I -- I don't recall it." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, July 16

PRESIDENT REAGAN

"We did not -- repeat -- we did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages." -- Address to the nation, Nov. 13, 1986 "I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true. But the facts and the evidence tell me it is not . . . . What began as a strategic opening to Iran deteriorated in its implementation into trading arms for hostages." -- Address to the nation, March 4

". . . Our original initiative rapidly got all tangled up in the sale of arms, and the sale of arms got tangled up with hostages . . . . I let my preoccupation with the hostages intrude into areas where it didn't belong . . . . I was stubborn in my pursuit of a policy that went astray." -- Address to the nation, Aug. 12

ATTORNEY GENERAL EDWIN MEESE III

"I cannot recall in sufficient detail to answer those questions {about his Nov. 23 interview with Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, which led to North's dismissal}. I can when my recollection is refreshed by the notes." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, July 28

SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE P. SHULTZ

"I was in a battle to try to get what I saw as the facts to the president and see that he understood them . . . . I frankly felt that I was the one who was loyal to the president, because I was the one who was trying to get him the facts so he could make a decision . . . . He made the decision that we must get all these facts out, but it was a battle royal." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, July 23

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CASPAR W. WEINBERGER

"I think the continued reporting to the president, outside the hearing of anybody else, that there was a real chance of getting the hostages -- that next week there were going to be two and the week after that there were going to be four . . . the accumulative effect of that is to be persuasive . . . . People with their own agenda . . . were doing everything they could to put this agenda into effect." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, July 31

ROBERT C. McFARLANE

"I debriefed {Reagan and others on Dec. 10, 1985} that I had carried out my instructions and came home {from London}. But I added, I said: 'Whatever may be the case in Iran, this fellow is a person of no integrity and I would not do any more business with him, the Iranian Ghorbanifar.' And I left the government believing that it was discontinued." -- Quoted in Tower commission report, released Feb. 26

AMIRAM NIR

"Mr. Nir {was} the first person to suggest that there be a residual {profit from Iran arms sales}, and that {it} be applied to the purpose of purchasing replenishments {for Israeli missiles shipped to Iran} and supporting other activities." -- Testimony of Lt. Col. Oliver L. North before congressional Iran-contra committees, July 8

LT. COL. OLIVER L. NORTH

"Director Casey and I talked at length on a variety of occasions about the use of those monies to support other operations besides the Nicaraguan operation . . . . And, at various times, he and I talked about the fact that it might be necessary at some point in the future to have something, as he would put it, to pull off the shelf and to help support other activities like that." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, July 8

ALBERT A. HAKIM

"I would not accept that position {secretary of state} for any money in the world, sir . . . . I still believe that I have it better than the secretary . . . . I can achieve more, too." -- Testimony before congressional Iran-contra committees, June 4

THEN-CIA DIRECTOR WILLIAM J. CASEY

"The NSC has been guiding and active in the private provision of weapons to the contras down there. I don't know all the details. I have kept away from the details because I was barred {by the Boland Amendment passed by Congress} from doing anything." -- Testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Nov. 21, 1986