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Death of Robert McFarlane, national security adviser to Reagan involved in the Iran-Contra affair

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Robert McFarlane, national security adviser to former President Ronald Reagan involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, has died aged 84.

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


National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan Robert ‘Bud’ McFarlane walks down 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 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. Money from arms sales was then secretly funneled. to the Nicaraguan contra rebels who were trying to overthrow his Marxist government regime.

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