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Trump USDA Nominee Withdraws After Link to Russia Probe

  • Early Trump supporter brought Papadopoulos into campaign
  • Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in special counsel investigation
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Sam Clovis, an early backer backer of President Donald Trump caught up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has withdrawn his nomination to be a top official in the Agriculture Department, according to the White House.

Clovis, a former fighter pilot and conservative talk-radio host from Iowa, brought into the Trump campaign George Papadopoulos, who has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russians. Court filings say Papadopoulos had meetings with Russians seeking to provide incriminating information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.