Trump is having the worst week of his professional life after three indictments in Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Now, the supervisor of George Papadopoulos has stepped down from consideration for a position as the Department of Agriculture’s chief scientist.
Sam Clovis came under fire after being named in the Russia probe, and again early Thursday for his complete and utter lack of any kind of education in science or experience in the industry. This led to a sudden departure from the nomination.
— POLITICO (@politico) November 2, 2017
According to POLITICO:
“A senior administration official said Clovis’ nomination to be the USDA’s undersecretary for research, education and economics was already in hot water due to the scrutiny of his agriculture and science credentials, and that the latest revelations about Papadopoulos “made it pretty clear he wasn’t going to get through the process.””
JUST IN: White House confirms Sam Clovis withdraws name from Dept. Agriculture position, amid Mueller investigation pic.twitter.com/VZCZ99ZGnt
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Clovis released the following statement:
“The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position. The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases in intensity each day.”
The White House press secretary said “we respect Mr. Clovis’s decision to withdraw his nomination,” Thursday morning.
Clovis’ resignation letter was released by POLITICO: