The Trump campaign's cocktail of stupid

Trump campaign official was just 'being polite' when he OK'd a meeting with Russians, his lawyer says

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is coming under increasing pressure as an ex-adviser has handed himself into the FBI for questioning as part of its investigation into links between the campaign and Russian Federation.

Former Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis recently testified before that grand jury into his role on President Donald Trump's campaign.

President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) top scientist is in danger of being pulled, according to a new report from CNN.

In a letter to the president Wednesday, Clovis explained that he did not think he could get a fair consideration from the Senate, which was slated to hold a hearing on his appointment on November 9.

President Trump broke a almost day-long Twitter silence Tuesday to characterize a former campaign aide who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a "young low level volunteer" who "few knew". "The relentless assaults on you and your team seem to be a blood sport that only increases with intensity each day".

J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and Trump campaign national security adviser who attended the meeting, told CNN he was "surprised to learn this week what George Papadopoulos was up to during the campaign".

Though he refused to say whether he discussed with Trump Comey's involvement in the Russian Federation investigation, he did say that the president had asked him and Rosenstein for their recommendations about what to do with Comey.

Clovis was nominated to be the USDA's chief scientist, a position which The Washington Post found he is lacking in academic and scientific credentials for. "This fact alone should disqualify him, not to mention his long history of politically charged comments and the recent questions surrounding his time as co-chair of the Trump campaign". Clovis, a former Iowa talk radio host and political science professor, has a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate in public administration, according the Post.

Senator Al Franken, whose exchange with Sessions in January has prompted a continuing dispute, said in a letter to Sessions on Thursday that the Papadopoulos revelations are "another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation's top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team's contacts with agents of Russian Federation".

The source added that Sessions "has no clear recollection" of Papadopoulos and any further interactions with him, even though two were seated next to each other at a second meeting of Trump's foreign policy team at the Capitol Hill Club steps from the House.

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. While prosecutors say Papadopoulos shared information about his Russian contacts with the campaign, they don't say whether he told superiors about the emails.

At his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Sessions denied any contacts with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Likewise, he called Obama a "Maoist" and said Attorney General Eric Holder is a "racist black".

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