Robert McFarlane

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Person.png Robert McFarlane   C-SPAN NNDB Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-icon.png
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Born Robert Carl McFarlane
Alma mater United States Naval Academy, Graduate Institute of International Studies, National War College
Spouse Jonda McFarlane
Party Republican

US-WhiteHouse-Logo.svg United States National Security Advisor Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
October 17, 1983 - December 4, 1985
Preceded by William P. Clark Jr
Succeeded by John Poindexter
Resigned to spend more time with his family

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In office
April 4, 1982 - October 17, 1983

Employment.png Counselor of the Department of State

In office
February 28, 1981 - April 4, 1982


As US National Security Adviser, McFarlane urged Ronald Reagan to negotiate the arms deal with Iranian intermediaries.

"Iran Contra"

Full article: “Iran Contra”

In 1988, Robert McFarlane pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress as part of the Iran-Contra cover-up. He was sentenced to two years’ probation and a $20,000 fine but was pardoned by George H. W. Bush on Christmas Eve 1992.

Suicide bid?

In 1987, McFarlane reportedly attempted suicide from a valium overdose after the Iran-Contra affair was reported by commercially-controlled media.[1]