Today’s “Don’t let the door hitcha” Trump nominee fail
PLUS: At one DC restaurant, it really IS Mueller Time!
In the lead-up to the 2016 election, cable news viewers were frequently subjected to the blovations of Trump “surrogate” and Mister Creosote look-alike Sam Clovis, whose commentary revealed him as a hard-right proto-fascist and corporate apologist. Trump belatedly rewarded the rotund reactionary — and non-scientist — by appointing him top science official in the US Department of Agriculture.
Unfortunately — c’mon, you knew we were going to say it — It’s Mueller Time! Breaking today:
Clovis, an early backer backer of President Donald Trump caught up in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, has withdrawn his nomination to be a top official in the Agriculture Department, according to the White House.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.
Clovis was picked by Trump to be Agriculture undersecretary for research, education and economics and his nomination was already in trouble in the Senate because of some of his past writings and statements and questions about whether he was qualified for a job meant to be filled by a scientist.
He drew further scrutiny after the release of court documents related to Papadopoulos’s guilty plea. His lawyer confirmed that Clovis was the unnamed “campaign supervisor” cited in the documents who received emails from Papadopoulos about attempts to arrange meeting between the campaign and Russian representatives. …
“The political climate inside Washington has made it impossible for me to receive balanced and fair consideration for this position,” Clovis said in a letter to Trump that was released by the White House.
Translation: “Boo hoo hoo, I’m not going to get the FOX News treatment!”
You can be sure that Trump’s more lucid handlers knew Clovis was radioactive. Let the nomination continue? In the immortal words of Dana Carvey’s flawless George H. W. Bush impersonation,
Hey, Sammy, don’t let the door hitcha where Bannon splitcha!
Speaking of “Mueller Time,” one restaurant in the nation’s capitol is getting in the spirit (or, if you will, spirits) of bringing truth, transparency, and justice to happy hour:
A Washington, D.C., restaurant is offering $5 “Moscow Mueller” drinks when indictments are handed down in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The Bird, a restaurant located in Washington’s Shaw neighborhood, made the announcement Wednesday, two days after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate, Richard Gates, were indicted.
“The grand jury may still be out, but when @bobsmueller indicts a Trump associate, we’ll be serving up $5 Moscow Muellers #muellertime,” the restaurant posted on its Twitter account.