Sam Clovis withdraws USDA nomination

Iowa native Sam Clovis is withdrawing his name from consideration for a top post at the US Department of Agriculture. 

Clovis' nomination as the Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics had been delayed BY Senate Democrats. Media reports today said that Clovis was interviewed by the independent counsel over his actions while with the Trump campaign. 

In a letter to President Trump, Clovis says, "The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position."

Several media outlets have reported that Clovis was interviewed by the Muller independent counsel's office. 

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