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Analysis: With Washington Abuzz About The "Nunes Memo" What Does It Mean For The Valley?

Jan 30, 2018

Tulare Republican Congressman Devin Nunes may be one of the most unlikely national political figures of the past year. The chair of the House Intelligence Committee was already in the news for his role in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Now with his controversial classified memo about alleged wrongdoing by FBI officials in a FISA warrant for Trump aide Carter Page, Nunes is back in the headlines. Is it a real scandal, as House Republicans have claimed? Or is it cover for President Trump to fire senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice who are leading the Russia investigation? And what does all of this mean for Nunes and his district back home in the Central Valley? We spoke with Fresno State political science professor Jeff Cummins about Nunes and his challengers, and whether his district is still considered "safe" for Republicans.