Trump's Anti-LGBT, Non-Scientist Pick for USDA Science Post Drops Out

by Abel Hampton November 3, 2017, 0:19
Trump's Anti-LGBT, Non-Scientist Pick for USDA Science Post Drops Out

Sessions, who as a Republican senator served as a top foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, testified in January that he wasn't aware of any campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

That might come as a surprise to candidate Donald Trump, who in a March 2016 meeting with the editorial board of the Washington Post highlighted George Papadopoulos' role in his campaign.

"The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position", Clovis wrote in the letter.

"The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases in intensity each day", he wrote.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Des Moines Register that officials respect his decision to withdraw.

Clovis has since been nominated by Trump to a top post as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

TAPPER: OK. Does the White House believe that the president has the power to pardon himself? Also there were Trump and his son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

But the former Iowa talk radio host and political science professor contended in the letter to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee's top Democrat, Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), that his time teaching and running for political office in the Hawkeye State steeped him in the field of agriculture.

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

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.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected a proposal by a junior campaign aide who offered to use his "Russian contacts" to try to set up a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News. Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about the conversations.

Clovis appeared to encourage Papadopoulos to engage with Russian contacts; in one instance Clovis responded directly to Papadopoulos, hailing him for his "great work" and saying "I would encourage you" to "make the trip, if it is feasible", referring to a trip the young campaign adviser pitched to go overseas.

Court documents unsealed Monday revealed that Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in early October to making false statement to FBI investigators about his contacts with foreigners claiming to have high-level Russian connections.

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.

"He's an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy", Trump said. One suspects, from his delivery, that if Jason Voorhees had been listed, Trump would have read his name and said: "Hockey player".

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