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ERIC Number: ED123693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 16
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The Judicial Context: The House Judiciary Committee Debates over Articles of Impeachment.
Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs
The House Judiciary Committee debates over the Articles of Impeachment during the Watergate hearings provided the unique opportunity for citizens to observe the process of congressional decision making. Emphasizing diversity, compromise, and reasoned argument, members defined their role as a combination of judge, juror, and average common-sense citizen. Reflecting the varied interests of their constituencies, committee participants became the voice of logic in a morass of deception. Rhetorically and politically, the debates sought to educate the public about evidence and issues, express all possible points of view, and encourage national unity. Media coverage of the discussion reflected a minimum of adaptation to the mass audience, sometimes presenting evidence more quickly than it could be absorbed. High approval ratings given Congress by the public after the debates may indicate the desire for evidence to be presented in all its complexity, however, as well as reflect an appreciation for the committee's starightforward style. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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