Robert McFarlane, Reagan’s national security adviser involved in Iran-Contra affair, dies

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Robert McFarlane, a national security adviser to former President Ronald Reagan who was involved in the Iran-contra scandal, has died at the age of 84.

McFarlane died Thursday in Lansing, Michigan, according to the New York Times, and was visiting family when he passed away.


Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane, National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan, walks through the lobby of Trump Tower on December 5, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling the cabinet and other high-level positions for the new administration.
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

He pleaded guilty to withholding information from Congress in 1988 during the investigation of the Iran-contra scandal, when the Reagan administration secretly sold weapons to Iran in exchange for the release of Western hostages in 1988. The money from the arms sales was secretly channeled. the contra rebels in Nicaragua who were trying to overthrow his Marxist ruling regime.

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