Sam Clovis, President Donald Trump’s controversial nominee to be the Agriculture Department’s chief scientist, has been “a fully cooperative witness” in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts told POLITICO.
Clovis, a former co-chair and policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, knew that another campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, was talking to Russians, according to news reports based on documents released Monday as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Clovis’ nomination to the top scientific job at the Agriculture Department has already drawn significant opposition from Democrats and scientists who have raised concerns about his climate-change skepticism, his credentials and his history of making disparaging statements about blacks, women, LGBT individuals and others. But there’s been no public opposition from Republicans, and Roberts said he plans to continue with a planned Nov. 9 confirmation hearing.
RELATED: Among the many offensive and downright batshit claims made by Clovis is that same-sex marriage will inevitably lead to the legalization of pedophilia.
Is Trump still comfortable with his nomination of Sam Clovis for USDA post?
Sanders: “I’m not aware that any change would be necessary.”
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) October 31, 2017
While Sarah Huckabee Sanders is standing there indignantly defending Trump and attacking Dems, news is breaking that Sam Clovis has turned.
— Samantha Adams (@MsSamAdams) October 31, 2017