In a letter today to the committee's chairman, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), and ranking member, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the scientists noted that neither Clovis's educational background nor his academic positions meet the statutory requirements for the position of Under Secretary for Research, Economics and Education.
Clovis is set to face a confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee on November 9.
According to those documents, Papadopoulos corresponded with an unnamed individual - identified only as a "campaign supervisor" - in March regarding his contact with a foreign professor and a Russian woman about setting up a meeting between Russian officials and the campaign.
Clovis, who is not a trained scientist, is a climate change skeptic who has said protecting gay rights could lead to the legalization of pedophilia.
"We are working on scheduling details and will announce a date for a nominations hearing soon. House Judiciary to hold hearing on net neutrality Democrats dig for Russian connection and uncover environmentalists MORE and/or the campaign" and described Clovis's statements to Papadopoulos as him "being polite".
"The emerging information about his role in the Trump campaign's interactions with Russian Federation raises serious concerns", Stabenow said in a statement.
"It's certainly worth looking into", the aide said.
Clovis emerged as a central figure in newly released court documents that lay out a series of emails he exchanged with Papadopoulos.
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The Trump campaign asked Clovis to put together a national security advisory committee, according to an emailed statement from law firm diGenova & Toensing, which is representing Clovis.
The Trump campaign's national co-chairman had an interesting excuse when it was revealed he had urged another campaign staffer to meet with Russian officials. "Clovis, according to the court documents, told Papadopoulos on August 15, 2016, that "'I would encourage you" and another foreign policy advisor to the campaign to "make the trip. if it is feasible'".
In a series of following email exchanges, Papadopoulos offered to make an "off the record" trip to Russian Federation after the country's ministry of foreign affairs asked whether a campaign representative would visit if Trump was unable to do so.
The former conservative radio talk-show host from Iowa was already a controversial choice to be the department's chief scientist.
At that time, Clovis referred to progressives as "the real racists" in American politics, and he called then-Attorney General Eric Holder a "racist black".
Clovis' involvement in the court documents is giving science-based groups opposed to his nomination more ammunition.
Below is a statement by Mike Lavender, senior Washington representative for the Food and Environment Program at UCS. "It's just another nail in the coffin".
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