Dem Senator Compares Nunes To Joseph McCarthy

The Hill reports:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) compared House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes’s (R-Calif.) move to make a memo on surveillance at the Department of Justice (DOJ) public to former Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s (R-Wis.) aggressive probe of suspected communists in the 1950s.

“The release of this memo is really reminiscent of the darkest days of the McCarthy era, with characterization assassinations,” Blumenthal told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.” “It endangers methods and sources of the intelligence community, and it reflects an effort to distract from the Mueller investigation,” he continued.

McCarthy claimed numerous Soviet and communist sympathizers had infiltrated the U.S. government during the Cold War. The committee’s ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) on Wednesday claimed that Nunes had shared a “secretly altered” version of the document with Trump.


Joseph McCarthy’s right-hand man was, of course, future Trump lawyer Roy Cohn.

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • William

    McCarthy was a self-hating alcoholic closet ase. What’s Nunes’ excuse?

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    Nunes is acting like a desperate man. As is his puppet master. The screws are tightening motherfuckers

    https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/959073521791045639

    • William

      The memo, if all evidence is shown, will tell of Americans conspiring with Russians. We are supposed to be upset that the CIA/NSA are spying on Americans breaking the law.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Everything is upside down, isn’t it? And the GOP is letting this happen. Our country is truly unmoored

      • lymis

        It looks like the claim is that the FBI arranged for a FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page because of the Steele dossier, when in fact, Page was recruited by the Russians – something he ADMITS – years earlier.

        Damn right he should be surveilled.

        • William

          Wasn’t Page under surveillance before the Steele dossier?

          • Bad Tom

            Yes, he was.

    • kareemachan

      Well, he’s a dick, so….

  • Gustav2
    • William

      We’re not there yet.

      • Bluto

        But it’s coming.

        • Christopher

          Let’s hope!

          I’m disappointed that it hasn’t happened already.

    • skyweaver

      I always love this clip. And the clapping at the end

    • Hank

      Edward R. Murrow’s final reply to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s “See It Now” appearance – April 13, 1954

      Watch this one AND read the commentary on the Youtube page!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wMiPkaofjw

      • David Walker

        McCarthys come and go, but the newspeople with backbone, the journalists who actually do report with facts, the media that doesn’t require the news department to make a profit?

        • ChrisMorley

          European media have both backbone and independence. Public broadcasters like Germany’s ARD and Britain’s BBC are funded in ways where there is no profit motive.

          tRumpf moans about “fake news” and “fake” media but he can’t silence global news providers or pull the wool over the world’s eyes.

          • David Walker

            And for that I am truly grateful.

  • another_steve
  • GayOldLady
  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)
    • The_Wretched

      Obstruction!! hello! Is this thing on?

    • TheSeer

      Where is Sally Yates?

    • JCF

      Paul Ryan is giving the counter-spin blather as I type. “FISA! Civil liberties!”

      Did he ever present these concerns w/ the Patriot Act??? [You know, back when they were looking into what books we checked out of the library.]

      http://static.pblogs.gr/f/340339-hypocrisy-meter.gif

  • GayOldLady
    • Joe in PA

      Ah, could you speed that train up a bit?

      • GayOldLady

        It’s barreling down on him, he just hasn’t seen it yet. Hold on, this is getting ready to get really, really good.

  • Butch

    My fear is twofold: either that there will be no consequences to the GOP for these actions; or that they are so deep in the tank for Trump that they no longer care about consequences.

    • Boreal

      I think both are true.

  • GayOldLady
  • Blake J Butler

    My day is planned out with pornhub, and making cupcakes this weekend for a board meeting.

    Because life this morning threw a tire at me on the interstate of a big rig, and i’m spending the day at home. I think it was a sign from the gay gods not to go anywhere today.

    • AmeriCanadian

      In what order, pray tell?

      • Blake J Butler

        I had a blown tire from a big rig thrown in front of my car on the interstate this morning. It ripped out part of the grill and dragged it underneath the body of the car, it was plastic but still.

        Anyhow the car has to be looked at for any undercarriage damage otherwise it was drivable to be brought back home.

        So, i’m spending my day with pornhub and looking at icing recipes for cupcakes for a board meeting on Saturday.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Sounds like a harrowing experience on the interstate. Glad you weren’t hurt nor had more damage done. I’m on I-75 twice every weekday and I’ve had a lot of close calls over the years. Enjoy YOUR day! πŸ˜‰

          • Blake J Butler

            The ONE day i chose to take the interstate in months, is the irony i stopped taking it because it is quicker, but the most dangerous.

        • William

          If Vikings saw a dead walrus at the beginning of their journey, they would turn around and go home.

          • Bad Tom

            Some portents are so very clear.

        • Rambie

          “..spending my day with pornhub and looking at icing recipes…”

          Special reciepe, eh?

        • Librarykid

          I am very glad that you were not injured. I hope your car seat dries quickly.

    • djcoastermark

      Hopefully not at the same time.

      • Natty Enquirer

        You’re no fun.

        • William

          The truly talented can stir and stroke at the same time.

          • AmeriCanadian

            You want to see true talent? Take a gander at this guy (warning NSFW). I’ve seen some of the unedited videos. He must be taking Cialis or Viagra.

            http://pricasso.com/

    • William

      Porn and cupcakes, how wholesale.

      • AmeriCanadian

        Magic cupcakes…special batter.

      • Librarykid

        I would say wholesome

  • Scott Fitler

    So why aren’t the Democrats in full attack mode? Who is standing up to this in a forceful and compelling way? I see some Democrats are speaking out but they all come off as weak and whiny. The left really needs some aggressive charismatic personalities right now.

  • kareemachan

    Makes sense to me.

  • KCMC
    • KCMC

      when I make my bed at all.

    • another_steve

      Of the genre of those lesbian pulp paperbacks of the 50s.

      “Evil Lesbo Lovers in Love”

      • Snarkaholic

        Those pesky lesbians…stealing all of the women…what are those poor het men going to do???????

        • another_steve

          I half-suspect that the majority of the purchasers of those “lesbo pulp” paperbacks were heterosexual men.

  • Friday’s_cat

    Seems the question isn’t did Devin Nunes take Rubles but how often.

  • SoCalGal20

    Badass animal break. OT but this might just be best tweet of the day.

    https://twitter.com/abc/status/959011104142831616

    • BobSF_94117

      Uh, clearly Jesus has returned and He moonwalks on water!!

  • GayOldLady
    • Joe in PA

      LOL. But now you’re making me feel sorry for him.

      (but not really)

      • GayOldLady

        He’s finished. He’s going to prison with the rest of the Trump Crime Family.

        • William

          Not if he gets away to Russia.

          • GayOldLady

            He better have his escape route planned and his bags packed because it’s going to happen sooner rather than later.

          • Joe in PA

            I LOVE your confidence GOL!

          • GayOldLady

            I’m totally convinced this is going to end with Trump’s resignation and many of his cohorts, including Jr, Jared and possibly Ivanka in Prison. We will have to take to the streets soon, but it’s going to happen.

          • Joe in PA

            I think I’d give up, say Hope Hicks, for Sarah Huckabilly. I want to see her in non-slimming orange stripes!

          • GayOldLady

            Wouldn’t she be lovely in a orange and white stripe jump suit?

          • Joe in PA
          • Butch

            She’ll try to sell it as part of her fashion line. It’ll be made in Ethiopia, along with her other stuff.

          • Uncle Mark

            Sarah Huckabeast Col Sanders will do just fine in prison. She already has that crazy-eye thing down…plus check out her giant man-hands !! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8409957f4113e9b5ea61a94c0335713e2aff8f5fc75f651e904149381f127c11.jpg

          • Librarykid

            That looks like the start of elephantiasis!

          • Stogiebear

            Wow. The way she looks like she’s retaining water it appears her escape destination is South Africa.

          • Cattleya1

            I hope you turn out to be right, but I’m pretty pessimistic these days. And even if you are right, they have done enormous damage.

          • GayOldLady

            They have done damage but we can take back the House and render the GOP impotent legislatively. Trump will either resign or be impeached when Democrats take the House. We may be down but we’ve only begun to fight

  • Boreal

    OT: POC always end up cleaning up the mess.

    Black Dems take lead in push to impeach Trump

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/371743-black-dems-take-lead-in-push-to-impeach-trump

    • The_Wretched

      Good on them. Where is the FEDDEM leadership and why do they think sitting on the side lines is effective?

    • Rambie

      The toxic comments at the Hill…. ugh

      • Boreal

        Yeah , that shithole site is a cesspool of trumpanzee vomit.

        • Rambie

          The articles not so much but the comments are descending in that direction

  • GayOldLady
    • Joe in PA

      I think I saw that on Funniest Home Videos last week. πŸ™‚ Why is it that people feel compelled to record each other cutting down trees in the most precarious situations? AND THEN SEND IT TO A TV SHOW? Yikes.

      • GayOldLady

        Because what makes us laugh are the things we’re not expecting to happen and you know yourself, when you don’t know what you’re doing and you cut down a tree, anything can happen.

    • Mike C

      This is exactly what I’m expecting from “the memo”.

    • ChrisMorley
  • Rex

    I compare him to Charlie McCarthy – a puppet dummy for Trump.

  • Jonathan Smith

    that’s not a fair comparison.
    McCarthy was at least (in his mind) honest

  • tbj5

    Rumors are something big is dropping in next 48 hours.

    • Leo

      Other than the memo, yes. Usual suspects shreaking on Twitter more than they have the past year or so.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Hopefully it involves indictments and/or arrests!

    • Steven in Texas

      Perhaps its the undiscovered asteroid, just small enough to bypass monitoring and large enough to clear our DC.
      I have Ore Ida Tots & Bartlett pears!

  • Leo

    Schiff NEEDS to unilaterally release the Dems memo if Nunes does. Call his office, especially if you’re a constituent. If you get a busy signal keep trying. Yes I’m serious.

    • Chucktech

      At the very least, what he needs to do, if his memo will not be released, is simply read it in an open House session making it part of the public record.

    • OdieDenCO

      both memos are classified. he’d be hauled in front of a GOP firing squad toot sweet!

  • GayOldLady
  • jimbo65

    And Cheetolini was once raging “Where’s my Roy Cohn!?” Oh silly you, he was there all along

  • AtticusP

    Judas

    Benedict Arnold

    Vidkun Quisling

    Devin Nunes

    Continuing an ancient tradition.

  • WiMountainBear

    When I lived in central (Appleton, Wisconsin, I visited McCarthy’s grave & pissed on it,,,

  • Hank

    McCarthy claimed numerous Soviet and communist sympathizers had infiltrated the U.S. government during the Cold War.

    Just ask Herr Drumpf and the entire Campaign and Coalition Team!!! They have been bought and paid for by Putinesca!!!

    Devin Nunes is running SCARED!!! He is up to his eyeballs in Obstruction of Justice and being a Traitor!!!

  • GayOldLady
  • Mike

    “I have in my hand 57 cases of individuals who would appear to be either card carrying members or certainly loyal to the Communist Party.” Joe McCarthy, 1950.

    Nunes is doing the same thing, smearing card-carrying members of, oh lordy, the FBI. He will probably come to a similar tragic end, a forgotten outcast and a bum, at long last, having no decency.

    • GayOldLady

      He’s already there, he just doesn’t know it yet.

    • The_Wretched

      Nunes is weirdly stupid.

    • boatboy_srq

      And just think: a substantial number of FBI employees no doubt cast votes that enabled this farce.

  • BobSF_94117

    Very poor analogy. McCarthy exposed REAL details of people’s lives. Irrelevant details in almost all cases, but real ones.

    • TrollopeReader

      but, as with Nunes, he went overboard, slamming people with innuendo and lies, smearing most everyone ….. so, yes, good analogy by the end of McCarthy’s hysterics were finally shut down.

  • Bride of Trump

    Why does Roy Cohn look so creepy in that 2nd picture?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Word is, he had some work done and well….

      • Bride of Trump

        Obviously $$ well spent.

    • TrollopeReader

      because he was??

      • Bride of Trump

        Indeed.

  • JWC

    The GOP has adopted Trump’s mob philosophy disregard the country and constitution PROTECT THE BOSS at all cost. It’s both disgusting and shameful , Nunes should be ridden out on a rail

  • boatboy_srq

    Interesting considering that Nunes IS the Russian tool McCarthy would have pursued.

  • Trump-rimmer and loyal brownnose brownshirt Trump lapdog Nunes is no Joe McCarthy.

  • greenmanTN

    Stephen Miller does the same creepy half-closed eyes thing that Roy Cohn did. Hooded eyes, I believe they call them.

  • Treant

    Not really. McCarthy was paranoid. Nunes is a traitor covering up after himself. Big difference.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Quite obviously, age wasn’t benevolent for both Chump and Cohn. I wonder why.

  • LhandedCommando

    Seems like the most awful people from history/current politics come from Wisconsin and as a life long resident of said state I apologize for our state being responsible for the worst scum of the earth.