The Nation: The Pitfalls Of Partisanship

"We're going to give him a chance to be fair," said Republican Samuel Devine last week, referring to Chairman Peter Rodino of the House Judiciary Committee. "If he isn't fair, we'll raise a barrel of hell about it."

No one knows better than Rodino how difficult it will be to prevent the 38-man committee (21 Democrats, 17 Republicans) from falling prey to the "animosities, partialities, influence and interest" that Alexander Hamilton warned in 1788 could make a mockery of impeachment proceedings. Rodino himself stirred the first controversy on the committee last October by...

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