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Sen. Robert Griffin dies at 91; Republican urged Nixon to resign

Sen. Robert Griffin dies at 91; Republican urged Nixon to resign

Former U.S. Sen. Robert Griffin, a Michigan Republican whose withdrawal of support hastened President Richard Nixon's resignation during the Watergate scandal, has died at 91. Griffin was defeated in 1978 but landed a new career in 1987 as a Michigan Supreme Court justice — a job he described as his "highest calling" as a public servant. He died Thursday at his home in Traverse City, Mich., according to a family statement released Friday. Griffin was appointed to the Senate in 1966 and went on to serve 12 years in the chamber. He was a staunch Republican who initially backed Nixon during the Watergate scandal before joining other influential senators in calling for...

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