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How the Nunes memo backfired, according to cartoons

by Clay Bennett / Chattanooga Times Free Press (WPWG 2018)

Q. DID YOU hear the one about Devin Nunes’s Super Bowl party?

A. He promised to serve some political red meat but instead gave everyone a nothingburger.

So went the punchline verdict that has populated a wave of columns and cartoons in recent days.

This week, the political flame is being turned up on how Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has handled Russia-related intelligence issues. By Monday, as The Washington Post reported, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) — in announcing that the House Intelligence Committee had voted unanimously to release the Democratic rebuttal “to GOP accusations that the FBI misled a secret surveillance court” — was accusing Nunes of blocking key testimony and refusing “to answer repeated questions about whether he had coordinated with the White House in preparing the GOP memo.”

So how is all this playing out in the sandbox of political satire? Here are how some of the country’s cartoonists are rendering judgment about “the Nunes memo,” as well as its effect on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III:

NATE BEELER (Columbus Dispatch):

PAT BAGLEY (Salt Lake Tribune):

JEFF DANZIGER (Rutland Herald):


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