Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane testified Monday that Oliver North did not tell him of all his Contra fund-raising activities when McFarlane questioned him on the matter.
McFarlane, on the stand at North's trial for a second day, testified that he questioned North about his involvement in private fund-raising activities amid congressional inquiries about news reports that North was helping the Contras. The inquiries came in late summer 1985 during a two-year congressional ban on military aid to the guerrillas."This was a very thorough kind of discussion the two of us had on more than one occasion," McFarlane testified. "I believe I had a clear understanding and he was very emphatic in saying `at no time did I break the law on fund raising.' "
Prosecutor John Keker asked McFarlane whether North told him about his involvement with the National Endowment for the Preservation of Liberty, a tax-exempt organization that raised money for the Contras.
"No," responded McFarlane.
McFarlane also said North didn't tell him that he was controlling the flow of donations sent through NEPL to the Contras.
The former national security adviser also said North told him nothing of his ties to Richard Miller, a public relations consultant who funneled money for the Contras out of the United States to a Cayman Islands bank account.
McFarlane said he also questioned North about whether a signal had been given to Taiwan that the U.S. government supported a contribution for the Contras from Taiwan.
McFarlane said North told him in the late summer of 1985 that nothing had been done.
McFarlane then testified, under questioning from Keker, that North didn't tell him that on Aug. 19, 1985, North had given his courier to the Contras, Robert Owen, a bank account number to which the Taiwanese government could make a contribution to the Contras.
On Friday, McFarlane said he told North to "do everything you can" to keep the Nicaraguan Contras intact during a congressional ban on aid to the guerrillas.