Sam Clovis, top Trump campaign official ensnared in Mueller's probe, is leaving the Trump administration
Sam Clovis, the former Trump campaign national co-chairman who withdrew his nomination to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture's top scientist last fall after he became embroiled in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, is leaving the USDA, effective Friday. Clovis had been serving most recently as the USDA's White House liaison, and his going-away party was Thursday night, Politico reports.
Before President Trump nominated Clovis to be the USDA's undersecretary for research, education, and economics, despite an acknowledged lack of science background, he had led the Trump transition team's USDA group. On the campaign, Clovis had supervised George Papadopoulos, the policy adviser whose loose lips sparked the Russia investigation; Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the FBI about his communications with Russian officials. Clovis "is a good man and a patriot who for decades has served his country admirably," a USDA spokesman said. "We wish him well on his future endeavors back home in Iowa." Peter Weber
Roberta Jacobson is resigning as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, she announced in a letter to embassy staff Thursday. Jacobson, a career diplomat, will leave her post May 5, The Associated Press reports.
Jacobson has served as the U.S.'s chief liaison with Mexico for two years, but is leaving the position amid new strains in the countries' relationship under President Trump. "Her departure will be deeply felt by both American and Mexican officials — she was one of the most experienced Latin America experts in the State Department," The New York Times writes. Jacobson has been with the State Department for more than 30 years.
On Thursday, Carl Higbie resigned as head of external affairs for the federal government's volunteer services organization after CNN's Andrew Kaczynski dug up comments he had made on the radio disparaging black people, women, Muslims, gay people, veterans with PTSD, and other groups. President Trump appointed Higbie, a Trump campaign surrogate and spokesman for his Great America PAC, in 2017 to be the public face of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps.
“I know the best people”: Racist Trump appointee Carl Higbie resigns as public face of agency that runs AmeriCorps after KFile review of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim & anti-LGBT comments on the radio. Where was his #extremevetting before his appointment? https://t.co/MnUMQCrLzr pic.twitter.com/xXdT2CIigF
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) January 19, 2018
Many of the comments were from Higbie's time as host of the internet radio show "Sound of Freedom." In one December 2013 episode, for example, Higbie said "the black race" has "a lax of morality," and black women "think that breeding is a form of employment." You can read and listen to more of his comments at CNN. "Effective immediately, Carl Higbie has resigned as chief of external affairs at CNCS," agency spokeswoman Samantha Jo Warfield said in a statement. The White House did not respond to CNN's request for comment. Peter Weber