Trump nominee for top Agriculture post withdraws amid Russian Federation probe

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A former Trump campaign official linked to the Russian Federation investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has withdrawn his nomination for an agriculture post.

Clovis wrote the president just as Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., released a letter to him asking about his role as co-chairman of Trump's presidential campaign and the campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.

President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) top scientist is in danger of being pulled, according to a new report from CNN.

In a letter to President Donald Trump, Clovis wrote that the "political climate" in Washington, DC "has made it impossible" for him to "receive balanced and fair consideration for this position".

But Sessions, who was a top surrogate for Trump during the campaign, did not disclose these discussions despite a persistent set of questions from Democrats and some Republicans about Russian Federation during multiple hearings on Capitol Hill.

The second indictment concerned former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who admitted to making a false statement to FBI investigators who asked about his contacts with foreigners claiming to have high-level Russian connections. "The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases in intensity each day".

But that explanation has been muddled by Trump himself, who days after the May 9 firing said he would have fired Comey even without the Justice Department's recommendation and that he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he dismissed him.

"He didn't say yes and he didn't say no", the official said, declining to be more specific about Trump's response to Papadopoulos.




In a letter obtained by the Post and published Thursday, Clovis confirmed that he did not have any academic credentials in science.

Papadopoulos said he received the information in April 2016 that Russians had "dirt" on Clinton and thousands of emails - about three months before the WikiLeaks organization began releasing troves of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee, according to the court filing.

Sources familiar with the emails tell ABC News the "campaign supervisor" was Sam Clovis. He also lists agriculture and rural public policy as a topic on the conservative radio show he hosted from 2010 to 2013 and as one of his areas of interest as Trump's campaign co-chair. In March 2016, Trump called Papadopoulos an "excellent guy" during an interview with The Washington Post's editorial board.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Monday that the President does not recall specifics of the meeting and that the foreign policy group that Papadopoulos was a part of only met once.

"There's no way he would fight this or cause trouble for the White House", a Republican official and longtime associate of Clovis said.

Clovis is tentatively slated to have a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on November 9.

Clovis, a novice to national presidential campaigns, was supervising Papadopoulos and became a visible spokesman for Trump on CNN and other networks.

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