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Peter W. Rodino Jr. (deceased)

It began with a so-called “third-rate burglary” in June 1972, and ended a little more than two years later when a powerful president resigned in disgrace.

As the Watergate scandal unfolded, a career United States congressman – barely known outside his Newark, New Jersey district – painstakingly assembled the legal case that led to the downfall of Richard Nixon, 37th President of the United States.

U.S. Representative Peter W. Rodino Jr., D-N.J., earned the nation’s trust for his dogged, dispassionate pursuit of justice as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which was assigned to investigate articles of impeachment against Nixon, a Republican, for “high crimes and misdemeanors” in violation of the U.S. Constitution. (Read more)

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