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A lawyer responded to impeachment probe in Comic Sans. Even the font’s creator cringed.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Attorney John Dowd, here seen in New York in April 2011, used the font Comic Sans this week in a letter to members of a House committee, drawing jokes and criticism. Dowd responded, saying, " I love the font. It is easy on the eye." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) © Richard Drew/AP Attorney John Dowd, here seen in New York in April 2011, used the font Comic Sans this week in a letter to members of a House committee, drawing jokes and criticism. Dowd responded, saying, " I love the font. It is easy on the eye." (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Comic Sans was created for a talking cartoon dog named Rover. But in the 25 years since its debut, the much-maligned, comic-book-inspired font has made its way into a Vatican-produced photo album of the pope, an NBA owner’s screed about LeBron James and, now, a formal response to the impeachment inquiry surrounding President Trump.

Attorney John Dowd used the font this week in a letter informing House committee members that his clients — two Rudolph W. Giuliani associates — would not be submitting to their demands.

On social media, the letter’s contents were nearly overshadowed by the font it was drafted in. Dowd’s choice of Comic Sans became a Twitter moment. At least one observer joked that the attorney should be disbarred.

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In France, the man behind Comic Sans got a Google alert about the kerfuffle. Vincent Connare designed the flippant font for a long-forgotten operating system, Microsoft Bob, that was intended to provide a user-friendly interface for Microsoft 95.

Looking at “Rover,” who guided users through speech bubbles, Connare had the realization that led to Comic Sans: “Dogs don’t talk in Times New Roman!”

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