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Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller Indicts Two More Trump Campaign Officials

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller Indicts Two More Trump Campaign Officials

He says stupidity brought Papadopoulos, now a problem, into Trump's orbit.

"The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position", wrote Clovis, who now serves as USDA's senior White House adviser. "The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases in intensity each day".

Clovis now serves as the senior White House adviser to the Department of Agriculture. He has since come under criticism for his lack of science credentials.

The White House did not comment Wednesday night, and messages to Clovis' attorney regarding the latest developments in the Russian Federation investigation were not returned. The Washington Post was first to report this.

The former conservative radio talk-show host from Iowa was already a controversial choice to be the department's chief scientist.

In a letter today to the committee's chairman, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), and ranking member, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the scientists noted that neither Clovis's educational background nor his academic positions meet the statutory requirements for the position of Under Secretary for Research, Economics and Education.

Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, withdrew himself from consideration Thursday, the White House announced. They knew that Papadopoulos had gone overseas seeking contacts, but that isn't unusual for a foreign-policy adviser. That court filing, issued as a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI.

Court documents showed an unnamed "campaign supervisor" was in communication with Papadopoulos about his attempts to arrange a meeting between campaign and Russian officials.

Clovis' testimony comes on the heels of another Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities.

In a statement released earlier this week, Clovis said Papadopoulos "was acting on his own and that the campaign had a strict rule against traveling overseas and claiming to speak on behalf of the campaign", Bloomberg News reported.

Senator Al Franken, whose exchange with Sessions in January has prompted a continuing dispute, said in a letter to Sessions on Thursday that the Papadopoulos revelations are "another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russian Federation". One suspects, from his delivery, that if Jason Voorhees had been listed, Trump would have read his name and said: "Hockey player".

Nonetheless, the court filing on Papadopoulos is now being contrasted with long-disputed answers Sessions gave the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing about Trump's campaign, including the exchange with Franken.

Clovis' lawyer, Victoria Toensing, told ABC News he is not under investigation.

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