WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Henry J. Hyde takes control of the House Judiciary Committee next week, the Illinois Republican holds an ironic distinction: He is the only member of Congress being sued by the Resolution Trust Corp.

The thrift-bailout agency accused Rep. Hyde, 70, of gross negligence in 1993 for his role in a $17.2 million loss at Clyde Federal Savings and Loan Association, where he had been a director. The $687 million-asset thrift eventually failed, costing taxpayers $67 million, the agency estimates.

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