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March 28, 1988
A beautiful day—first meeting I learned our Repub. Cong. leadership is meeting with Dem. leadership about a program of Contra aid.
The Sen. Foreign Relations committee is starting mark up on I.N.F. today & tomorrow. It should be on the Sen. floor right after Easter week. We’re expecting the trade bill to come out of conf. this week. Then some top secret info. on Meese investigation. Howard thinks it might call for his resignation. D--n he’s done nothing wrong.
N.S.C.—S.D.I.—papers put some false statements together & came up with a story that we were backing away from it. Taint so! Panama—our actions of 2 wks. ago are working or aren’t they? Do we need additional action? One idea is to get 8 Panamanians of distinction here in Am.—putting them on our mil. base in Panama to lead opposition to Noriega—there in Panama. Then a short desk time & a meeting with Bill Webster—reports by C.I.A. He let me in on a secret of an information source by way of a country friendly to us. Then an early lunch & at 12:45 off for Richmond Va. On arrival (by helicopter) to a hotel where I met with a group of Repub. leaders—handshakes & photos. Sen. John Warner was with me on round trip. After that to Reynolds Aluminum plant. First a tour of the factory—it was fascinating. Then to H.Q. & a forum on trade etc. I addressed about 600 employees then about 2000 were listening outdoors. I dropped by & said a few words to that crowd & home & mother. Mermie still here for dinner.