Recently, I was researching how George Papadopoulos and Carter Page became members of the Trump campaign. As it turns out, Sam Clovis hired both men, so I started a file on him for future reference. Now that they’re all involved in the FBI probe, I thought it would be informative to share my notes.
Here’s the clips I found interesting (plus a couple of new ones).
- Sam Clovis hired both Carter Page and George Papadopoulos for the Trump presidential campaign.
- Clovis acted as supervisor to George Papadopoulos and encouraged Papadopoulos to go to Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Climate Hawks Vote president RL Miller states: “Clovis was a supervisor of Russian outreach at the Trump campaign and is now about to be rewarded with a USDA chief scientist appointment. What’s Clovis going to science at USDA, Russian caviar?”
- Clovis reportedly told Papadopoulos that “a principal foreign policy focus of the campaign was an improved U.S. relationship with Russia,” but Clovis denies having said that.
- Over the next few months, Papadopoulos made repeated but unsuccessful attempts to arrange meetings or contacts between Russian officials and Trump or his campaign representatives.
- Clovis was identified as a campaign supervisor who encouraged Papadopoulos to travel to Russia and meet Russian officials to build relations with the Kremlin. It was reported that Clovis has spoken to investigators with the special prosecutor’s office and has testified before the federal grand jury looking into the matter.
- On November 2, 2017, Clovis withdrew from consideration for the appointment for Under Secretary of Agriculture after he was linked to the special counsel investigation. His nomination was not formally withdrawn by President Trump but was instead returned unconfirmed to the President by the U.S. Senate on January 3, 2018 under Standing Rules of the United States Senate, Rule XXXI, paragraph 6.
- In August 2016, Clovis encouraged Papadopoulos to organize an “off the record” meeting with Russian officials, according to court documents. “I would encourage you” and another foreign policy adviser to the campaign to “make the trip, if it is feasible,” Clovis wrote. The meeting did not ultimately take place.
- George Papadopoulos had a working level meeting with a U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official in September 2016, which is the same time he met Stefan Halper at Cambridge University.
- In April 2016, Papadopoulos emailed Sam Clovis, attempting to set up a Trump-Putin meeting by saying, “the advantage of being in London is that these governments tend to speak a bit more openly in ‘neutral’ cities.” Later that month, Papadopoulos flew back to London and learned through Mifsud that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The indictment has no mention of Papadopoulos being in London in September.
- Clovis met Stefan Halper and chatted briefly with him over coffee, on Sept. 1, at a hotel cafe in Crystal City.
- “There has been some speculation that he might have tried to reel me in,” Page, who had numerous encounters with the informant, told The Post in an interview. “At the time, I never had any such impression.”