The prosecution in the Iran-Contra trial may call Attorney General Edwin Meese, Secretary of State George Shultz and former White House chief of staff Donald Regan as witnesses, court papers showed Friday.
Other well-known figures who may testify in the trial of Lt. Col. Oliver North and three other defendants include Elliott Abrams, assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, former national security adviser Robert McFarlane and Fawn Hall, North's former secretary. The defense was not required to file such a list but was asked to submit the names of any witnesses it planned to call at Monday's pretrial hearing, which it did in a sealed filing.In a separate memo filed in federal court, independent prosecutor Lawrence Walsh accused the defense of trying to subvert the trial by consistently missing deadlines and suggested U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gessell cancel the pretrial hearing.
"This case will be watched throughout the nation," Walsh wrote. "The people will want to know whether a highly publicized case, raising difficult issues as it does, can be tried."
"The independent counsel believes that it can be, but only if the rule of law which all parties must obey is understood as binding all lawyers and their clients during pretrial proceedings as well as during the trial."
Gessell probably will not act on the request until the start of Monday's hearing, which will focus on whether Walsh was properly insulated from exposure to immunized testimony given by the defendants during last summer's Iran-Contra hearings on Capitol Hill.