Mr. MITCHELL: Mr. Calero, did Colonel North ever tell you that he talked with
President Reagan about this matter?
Mr. CALERO: He always told me that the President was back of
us, was plugging for us, and that was public, of course, I mean
through President Reagan's Saturday radio talks and in his press
conferences and in every opportunity he had, he did
Mr. MITCHELL: I understand the President's position. My question
is, did Colonel North ever tell you that he, Colonel North, had
talked with President Reagan about this matter?
Mr. CALERO: About the support of the Nicaraguan
Mr. MITCHELL: Yes.
Mr. CALERO: Well, yes. He made some passing references to the
President going to make a speech in our favor or having made a
speech in our favor, and to his dedication and to his own unswerving
Mr. MITCHELL: Did he ever say anything other than what you
have described as passing references about the President's support
for this matter?
Mr. CALERO: To my recollection, yes. I never was privy to any
specific or inside information of what the President knew and what
the President didn't know.
Mr. MITCHELL, My question is, did Colonel North ever tell you
that he, Colonel North, said anything to the President?
Mr. CALERO: No. I mean, he did not tell me I told the President
so-and-so. No, not to my recollection.
Mr. MITCHELL: Did you ever meet or talk with William Casey,
the Director of the CIA, about this matter?
Mr. CALERO: Oh, yes. Many a time. As a matter of fact, I developed an affection for Mr. Casey. I used to refer to him as Uncle
Bill, and I went to his funeral.