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Sen. Frank Church was early critic of Vietnam

Former Sen. Frank Church (D) of Idaho, who was a chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, passed on Saturday at his home in Bethesda, Md. Mr. Church's Senate career spanned 1956 to 1980, when he was defeated by Republican Rep. Steven Symms.

Church was one of the earliest and most prominent critics of US involvement in Vietnam and also headed a celebrated Senate investigation in 1975-76 into widespread abuses of power by the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies.

After leaving the Senate, Church practiced international law in Washington.

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