Grassley says too soon to draw conclusion on Clovis

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s too early to draw conclusions about Sam Clovis, the nominee for USDA chief scientist, amid media reports that Clovis urged a Trump campaign volunteer to meet with Russian officials, “If you look at just his qualification for the job, nothing – there’s no question about this person’s ability to lead a big organization because he’s done it so many times throughout his life.” Clovis was a Trump campaign supervisor and that volunteer foreign policy advisor was George Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities. Clovis is now USDA liaison to the White House.

Grassley says it’s important to “let nature take its course,” telling reporters, “He is cooperating with the committee on Senate intelligence and, and I think that cooperation is very important.” Grassley says any concerns about nominees is one of the reasons they hold hearings.

Ranking Senate Ag Committee member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is stanchly against Clovis being confirmed as USDA chief scientist – pointing out he has NO science background. Reports say chairman Pat Roberts plans to move forward with Clovis’ hearing on November 9th.


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