NEW YORK -- Fawn Hall, the blonde, green-eyed secretary who helped Lt. Col. Oliver North shred documents in the Iran-Contra scandal, says North would make a good president and that she would be 'crushed' if he were indicted.
Hall made the remarks in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters for 'The Barbara Walters Summer Special,' airing Tuesday (10-11 p.m. EDT), and ABC released selected transcripts Monday.
In the interview, conducted at the suburban home Hall shares with her parents, Walters asked Hall how she would feel if North or his former boss at the National Security Council, Rear Adm. John Poindexter, were indicted.
'I would be crushed,' Hall said, on the verge of tears.
Then Walters asked about North's future.
'Would you like to see him run for political office?' Walters asked. 'Would you like to see him run for president?'
'I think it would be great,' Hall said. 'I think he's -- I think he's inspiring. He's motivating. He's a leader. And I know he would surround himself with the best of people.'
Walters also asked Hall about the many offers that have poured in after her appearance at the Iran-Contra hearings -- including whether she would pose for Penthouse magazine -- and Hall only balked at answering a few questions.
When the interview was first set up, there were no restrictions on the discussion. But the night before the interview, one of Hall's new lawyers informed her and Walters that there were certain topics she could not discuss, ABC said.
Hall has been granted immunity by the special prosecutor investigating the Iran-Contra affair, but her lawyer said she did not have the same protection for the ABC interview as she had when she testified at the congressional hearings about the scandal.
Walters's ABC special also features interviews with actress Debra Winger and singer Bette Midler.