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January 30, 1987
Colin Powell—briefed for N.S.C. Chancellor Kohl is faced with big problem & it’s ours too. If they refuse to turn Hamedi over to us for trial the kidnapers of 2 German businessmen can demand a trade or their death. If he says yes to our extradition request the fate of not only the 2 Germans but our hostages as well could be death.
This morning I rcvd. Bill Caseys resignation—also word that Ed Bennett Williams cant take the job. Surgery revealed cancer of the liver—quite extensive. I have appointed Bills deputy—now acting Dir. as Dir. in Bills place.
Went over to E.O.B. and faced a couple hundred people all supportive of our budget efforts. I explained I was there to veto the $18 Bil. water bill and I did so to enthusiastic applause.
A send off to Larry Speakes (his last day). I awarded him the Presidential Citizens Medal.
Upstairs for lunch—alone—made a pot full of phone calls to Judge nominees & 2 Ambassadors.
Back to the office for meeting with George Shultz. Main topic was Mrs. Sutherland—we think we should explore what might be another road to hostage rescue etc.
Then a meeting with Edmund Morris to answer questions re the book he’s doing. This time he was asking about Hollywood days. A brief session with Peter Wallison & Dave Abshire—more probing of what I remember about the Iran deal.