More than 200 miles south of Sacramento, the seat of California politics, lies the city of Tulare. Home to 60,000 Californians, it’s nestled in the San Joaquin Valley, a division of the Central Valley below the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
With its economy focused mostly on agriculture and dairy and its location smack between northern and southern California, Tulare prides itself on being the “core” of California’s agricultural industry.
Another aspect of Tulare lends it additional significance. It is the hometown to California Rep. Devin Nunes, the current chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the author of the “Nunes memo,” a four-page document released in February detailing alleged surveillance abuses committed by the U.S. government.
Before the release of the memo, Nunes had been vocal in his skepticism towards federal agencies and their handling of potential election interference during the 2016 election. His criticisms earned him a litany of nicknames from those opposed to his attacks on federal agencies, such as “Trump’s political stooge” who is simply “doing dirty work” to shield Trump, or simply a “presidential fig-leaf holder.”
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