Mueller Investigation Sinks a Trump Nominee

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The development is the latest sign that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into the Trump campaign and Russian collusion is impacting the day-to-day of Trump's administration, despite top White House aides - including Trump himself - claiming that the indictments of former top Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Gates had nothing to do with the administration or the campaign.

Sam Clovis, a former top campaign official for Donald Trump, withdrew from his nomination to an Agriculture Department post.

You may remember Sam Clovis, the conservative radio host that Trump chose to be "chief scientist" for the U.S. Department of Agriculture despite the fact that he...

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".

Russian Federation denies the allegations and Trump denies any collusion.

In a letter obtained by the Post and published Thursday, Clovis confirmed that he did not have any academic credentials in science. He pleaded guilty to lying to authorities on October 5 and has since been cooperating with investigators, according to officials. George Stephanopoulos asked whether he could rule out Donald Trump cashiering the special counsel after a detailed discussion of the indictments unsealed on Monday, and Trump's attorney says his answer hasn't changed since the first time he's been asked about it.

In the wake of the Post's report, Clovis' attorney said that inside the campaign, Clovis always "vigorously" opposed any Russian trip for Trump or staff.

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During a March 2016 meeting of the foreign policy advisory committee that Sessions chaired and Trump attended, Papadopoulos said he could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin, according to the court filing.

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.

President Donald Trump says a campaign adviser who has admitted to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about meetings with Russian intermediaries was a "low level volunteer" who was "proven to be a liar".

Senate Agricultural Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, told Politico that Clovis has been "a fully cooperative witness" in the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian meddling.

The attorney general has since said that he interpreted questions from Franken and other senators to be about whether he knew of continuous, improper contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian operatives, and that he didn't.

A separate former campaign official said the national security team was assembled "to demonstrate that then-candidate Trump was becoming more informed on foreign affairs issues".

A source familiar with the investigation said Clovis was the campaign supervisor referenced in the court records.

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