Congress did not impeach President Reagan over the Iran-Contra controversy becauseA. the public believed it was a necessary act of foreign policy.B. no federal laws were broken.C. he had left...

 Congress did not impeach President Reagan over the Iran-Contra controversy because
A. the public believed it was a necessary act of foreign policy.
B. no federal laws were broken.
C. he had left office before Iran-Contra was discovered.
D. the Republicans controlled Congress and refused to impeach the president.
E. no evidence was found to contradict his claim that he didn't know about the deals.

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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The Iran-Contra Scandal was one that had the potential to take down President Reagan.  Congress had passed laws that prevented the United States from giving aid to the Contras in Nicaragua.  The United States had been selling weapons to Iran to help free hostages in the Middle East. When some of the money received from the sale of the weapons went to the Contras in Nicaragua, there was a big investigation because this action was illegal.  At least one of Reagan’s aides tried to cover this up. This also was an illegal action. President Reagan said he knew nothing about the diversion of money from the sale of weapons to Iran. He did authorize the sale of the weapons, but he said he did not authorize the diversion of these funds to the Contras. After Congress investigated, Congress concluded there was no evidence that contradicted President Reagan’s claim.  Thus, while at least one aid appeared to have broken the law (and went to jail because of it,) it appeared President Reagan had done nothing wrong.  Thus, I believe answer E is the best choice for an answer to this question.

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