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Who's Who in the Russian Investigation: Sam H. Clovis Jr.

by Countable | 11.2.17

Countable Explains: Who's Who in the Russia Investigation

Sam H. Clovis Jr.

Role:

White House Adviser to the United States Department of Agriculture

Former role:

Trump campaign policy advisor. In that capacity, helped assemble then-candidate Trump's National Security Advisory Committee, on which George Papadopoulos sat.

Former nominee for Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics, the USDA's top science post.

Previously active in Iowa GOP politics, running for Republican nomineed to the U.S. Senate in 2013 and Iowa State Treasurer in 2014. He lost both races.

Quote:

"I have looked at the science and I have enough of a science background to know when I’m being boofed. And a lot of the science is junk science. It’s not proven; I don’t think there’s any substantive information available to me that doesn’t raise as many questions as it does answers. So I’m a skeptic. "

Sam Clovis in an interview with Iowa Public Radio during his 2013 primary race for to represent Iowa in the United States Senate

Key dates:

  • August 2015: joined the Trump campaign as a policy adviser and national campaign co-chairman.

  • January 25, 2017: Des Moines Register reports that Clovis has joined the White House Adviser to the USDA. Clovis runs the USDA on an interim basis until Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture.

  • September 4, 2017: Clovis is nominated to the post of Under Secretary of Agriculture for Research, Education, and Economics, the USDA's top science post, despite not being a scientist and being a well documented skeptic on climate change, reports NPR.

  • November 2, 2017: The Washington Post reports that Clovis withdraws his nomination for the USDA Under Secretary post once it is revealed that he is the senior campaign official that was described in the plea deal of George Papadopoulos to have encouraged Papadopoulos to pursue furthering ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. In a letter which is tweeted in its entirety by NBC News Clovis withdraws his nomination for the Under Secretary post but maintains his desire to continue to serve as a White House adviser to the USDA, "at the pleasure of [the president] and the Secretary of Agriculture."

Current mood:

Exposed, but defiant.

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  • Mark
    11/03/2017
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    It’s time to charge, indict and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law all of those in the Trump administration who have committed treason and obstruction of justice. Anything less is treason in its own right.

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  • Robert
    11/02/2017
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    Do use president Trump‘s words, lock them up, lock them up!!!

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  • Aimee
    11/03/2017
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    Speaker Ryan and Sen Majority Leader McConnell, what are you doing to protect the Mueller investigation and get to the bottom of what happened with Russia? Really sick and tired of your lack of leadership and complicit behavior. If you don’t care about our country or constitution than get out of office! We need real leaders who love and will fight for this country. All you care about is your own self interests.

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  • Wes
    11/02/2017
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    Muller and Rosenstein need to at least be pressured to recuse themselves as they are neck deep in the REAL Russian collusion scandal, the Uranium One deal. The rabbit chasing has gone way too far.

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  • Frankie
    11/03/2017
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    What a total failure. To even nominate this guy to lead such an important department is a total disgrace to our hardworking Farmers. They need someone with a scientific background making informed decisions on their behalf. Trump step down now

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  • Joshua
    11/03/2017
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    Many of you are swayed and are going to be swayed by the biased networks like MSNBC, CNN, etc. Pleaseeee go watch the Ben Shapiro show over topics like these and Trump and it clears up 95%of what you hear from the propaganda spreading networks mentioned above.

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  • Aimee
    11/03/2017
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    Liar liar Jeff Sessions needs to be held accountable and dealt with if he has lied about Russia!

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  • Joshua
    11/03/2017
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    No treason was committed. There was only talk about future relations if Trump won the presidency.

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  • Azrael
    11/03/2017
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    You missed club member of trump’s golf course Seems to be a pre requisite

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  • Claude
    11/03/2017
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    Maybe it is time for Trump to take a science course Spence he has none scientist advicing him

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  • Adouria
    11/03/2017
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    Haha, Trumps people dropping like flies!

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  • Christine
    11/03/2017
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    It is awesome the unqualified, ethically challenged, homophobic Clovis withdrew his name for top science guy at the Department of Agriculture.

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  • David
    11/03/2017
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    Stop wasting taxpayer money on investigating Trump. Hillary, Obama and Bill are the real actors caught making dealing with Russia. LOCK EM UP!

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  • Catherine
    11/03/2017
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    All of these Russian conspirators need to be tried to the fullest extent of the law! Why are people not more outraged? This is sedition!

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  • Sheryl
    11/03/2017
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    The Russian investigation PROVES there is Karma. Arrest everyone of these knuckleheads and put THEM in Gitmo

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  • Dale
    11/03/2017
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    What are you, Senator Grassley, going to do now that the country knows that AG Jeff Sessions lied under oath more than once to the judicatory committee?

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  • John
    11/03/2017
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    Celebrate Good Times, COME ON!!! Love to read the Whining! People, face the fact that Republicans only win elections through deceptive cheating...and now Treason! Wake Up!

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  • AngelaWood
    11/03/2017
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    Trump's minions are all being indicted and it won't be long before they all start singing like canaries. Trump will also be indicted. His son and son-in-law, are probably next. Trump would be smart if he just packed up and relocated permanently to a country that has a no extradition policy. He is fucked and he knows it. Just a matter of time. The ENTIRE administration needs to be removed from power.

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  • Robert
    11/03/2017
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    "Stop wasting taxpayer money on investigating Trump. Hillary, Obama and Bill are the real actors caught making dealing with Russia. LOCK EM UP!" One can only wonder why a Trump Administration has made no progress on their promise to "Lock her/him/they up". I suppose there are two problems. Figuring out what to charge them with, and then finding evidence to support that charge. Having an independent judiciary is so annoying when you actually have to prove the charges. Isn't it good enough that the President knows they are guilty ?

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  • Kathy
    11/03/2017
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    That only requirement to be in 45 administration is to be an idiot know nothing about the position you are nominated for, to be loyal to 45 and kiss his —

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