A renowned political insider, she parlayed her connections to become one of the city’s most sought-after lobbyists in the 1980s.
An expert on Latin America, he left the agency and called out the Reagan administration for overselling the Communist threat in Nicaragua.
Convicted in a fraud case that took down an attorney general, he successfully appealed, and later defended himself in a related case.
A former football lineman, he pushed back against abuse in federal agencies as one of the government’s most aggressive internal watchdogs.
Federal prosecutors charged him with absentee-ballot tampering in North Carolina, and the state ordered a historic rerun of a federal election.
He ran Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign, and later became a curmudgeonly pundit on conservative TV.
His legal scholarship, cited in more than 30 Supreme Court cases, shaped modern criminal procedure, including protections for the rights of the accused.
President Bill Clinton pulled her nomination as assistant attorney general in 1993 after she came under criticism for her views on voting rights.
Mr. Rasmussen, who served two terms as mayor of Silverton, Ore., defied many conventions, gender being just one of them.
The actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities show how Congress’s power to hold witnesses in contempt is a tool prone to abuse.