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Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North (born October 7, 1943) is a former United States Marine, White House aide, and radio talk show host. He is most famous for his role in the Iran-Contra Affair.
North was born in San Antonio, Texas and attended the State University of New York Brockport before attending the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1968.
North was a U.S. Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, three Navy Commendation Medals and two Purple Hearts. In 1981 North became a Cold War insider in the cabinet of Ronald Reagan, where he served as an aide to National Security Advisor Admiral John Poindexter. North was an integral player in the Iran-Contra Affair whereby the U.S. government secretly and illegally sold weapons to Iran and used the profits to fund the Contra rebel group in Central America. He is a devout Christian, and a regular conservative pundit on FOX News, CNN, and other networks.
Oliver North became famous when he was summoned to testify before a joint Congressional committee formed to investigate Iran-Contra related matters. Some saw him as the public scapegoat for many other people in the Reagan administration who were involved in the Iran-Contra affair.
North was indicted March 16, 1988, on 16 felony counts. After standing trial on 12, North was convicted May 4, 1989 of three charges: accepting an illegal gratuity, aiding and abetting in the obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and destruction of documents. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell on July 5, 1989, to a three-year suspended prison term, two years probation, $150,000 in fines and 1,200 hours community service.
A three-judge appeals panel on July 20, 1990, vacated North's conviction for further proceedings to determine whether his immunized testimony influenced witnesses in the trial. The Supreme Court declined to review the case. Judge Gesell dismissed the case September 16, 1991, after hearings on the immunity issue, on the motion of the independent counsel.
In 1994 North again stirred controversy this time as a candidate for the United States Senate from Virginia. Although North had the backing of the state Republican Party and many prominent Republican politicians, he failed to gain an endorsement from Virginia's senior senator, John Warner, also a Republican. Warner gave his support to a Republican who campaigned as an independent, J. Marshall Coleman. North lost the election to Charles Robb, one of the few significant Republican defeats in the "Republican Revolution" of 1994. A documentary film (A Perfect Candidate [1 ]) was made about his campaign.
North wrote an autobiography,
Under Fire: An American Story, and has authored many military thriller novels, some of which are based on his own adventures.
North is the host of "Common Sense," a conservative radio talk show on many American stations. He has also hosted "War Stories with Oliver North" on Fox News television, and has had a small recurring role on the CBS series JAG.
North also participated as an "embedded" reporter for Fox News during the Iraq war. He was embedded with a Marine unit.
One of the most northern points on the west coast of Costa Rica, "Ollie's Point," was the favorite place for North's shipments to arrive on their way to Nicaragua. It is also considered by some to be a world-class surfing spot.
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Palm Beach Post
April 20, 2018
Don't they remember Richard Nixon? He got a pass and a pardon. He even bragged to television host David Frost: “Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.” Or how about Ronald Reagan and Iran-Contra? Saved by Ollie North and his magic shredder. Doesn't anyone else see a patternÃâÃÂ ...
April 20, 2018
In fact, right after I left, he was the lead investigator, lead questioner of Oliver North. It was really exciting times. He was a member of [the] Ways and Means and Budget [committees]. I did all the normal kind of intern stuff. I answered the phones, did the mail list. That was back when we actually had to call theÃâÃÂ ...
April 18, 2018
Oliver North and the Iran-Contra affair, she kept most of her remarks on the topic of literacy, a concern which was close to her hert as the wife of the vice president and as firstlLady from 1989 to 1993. Bush also was asked about her husband's presidential ambitions. "George Bush has made education andÃâÃÂ ...
April 18, 2018
Lesson number three: Make those ten extra phone calls before calling it a day. This was the beginning of an enduring friendship that lasted 35 years. It was also the beginning of an enduring work relationship. Over the next two years, we peeled back the story about White House aide Oliver North and theÃâÃÂ ...
Sean Hannity (blog)
April 17, 2018
4:05 PM ET – Alan Dershowitz, professor, and civil liberties attorney has been explaining for weeks now, that regardless of party we should be very afraid of the miscarriage of justice that we have seen take place with regard to the Trump administration. This is a precedent we do not want to set.
April 11, 2018
Previous year's speakers at BACALA's annual event have included Correspondent John Stossel, Colonel Oliver North, Presidential advisors Karen Hughes and Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, Court TV commentator Catherine Cryer, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator John Cornyn, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano,ÃâÃÂ ...
April 9, 2018
The inquiry is being led by WPP chairman Roberto Quarta and senior non-executive director Nicole Seligman, a former top executive at Sony and attorney who represented Oliver North in the Iran-Contra hearings and was later part of Bill Clinton's team during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Late last weekÃâÃÂ ...
March 27, 2018
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Above the Law
March 27, 2018
Brendan Sullivan, Williams & Connolly: Sullivan represented Oliver North after the Iran-Contra scandal, but won't represent Donald Trump. Paul Clement, Kirkland & Ellis: Clement defended DOMA — the Defense of Marriage Act — and was a leading litigator in the constitutional challenges to Obamacare.
March 15, 2018
A federal grand jury on this day in 1988 indicted John Poindexter, a former national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan, and Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, an aide who had served under Poindexter, on multiple charges of conspiracy, lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, and altering andÃâÃÂ ...
Northwest Georgia News
March 15, 2018
CLEVELAND, Ga. – Fox News Commentator Todd Starnes will host a Faith and Freedom Celebration featuring Lt. Col. Oliver L. North (retired) on the Truett McConnell University campus, April 20, 2018. North is a decorated combat veteran who served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps. During theÃâÃÂ ...
March 9, 2018
will attend, along with Lt. Colonel and Fox News personality Oliver North. A former intern for Rohrabacher, Prince revolutionized mercenary warfare through his private security contract firm Blackwater, which rebranded as Academi in 2011. Both figures are under intense scrutiny for their ties to Moscow andÃâÃÂ ...
February 27, 2018
Investigators working for Attorney General Ed Meese discovered that much of the money from the sales had been diverted by Lt. Colonel Oliver North, working for the National Security Council with the approval of McFarlane's successor, .... “I still think Ollie North is a hero,” Reagan said a few days later.
LEX18 Lexington KY News
January 18, 2018
LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Lexington Christian Academy welcomes Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North as the keynote speaker at their 2018 annual fund dinner. “Faith, Family, and Freedom – an evening with Lt. Col. Oliver North” will be Feb. 8 at the RJ Corman Hangar. The proceeds for this special eventÃâÃÂ ...
Daytona Beach News-Journal
October 30, 2017
DAYTONA BEACH — Oliver North, decorated Marine officer and well-known Fox News Channel host, will be guest speaker at the 98th annual dinner meeting hosted by the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, the organization has announced. North will be featured at the event slated for 5:30-9 p.m.ÃâÃÂ ...
August 31, 2017
Former Marine LtCol Oliver North, who served on President Ronald Reagan's National Security Council during the Iran-Contra affair, will speak in Springfield on Thursday night. North — a decorated Vietnam War veteran who was convicted and later cleared of charges regarding weapons sales to guerrillasÃâÃÂ ...
May 4, 2017
The former National Security aide, Oliver North, the man at the heart of the 1986 Iran-contra affair, was yesterday found guilty on three counts - including deceiving Congress and receiving an illegal gratuity - in a verdict which seems certain to rebound with a vengeance on President Bush and hisÃâÃÂ ...
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