The White House was unaware that Trump campaign official Sam Clovis testified before a grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The White House learned of his testimony from media reports according to ABC News.
The White House first learned one of its senior staffers met with the grand jury hearing the case presented by the special counsel into alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 election not from the staffer but from media reports, sources with knowledge of the investigation tell ABC News. A White House source familiar with the investigation tells ABC News “the White House was surprised to learn Mr. Clovis had been contacted by the Special Counsel’s office as part of their separate probe of Mr. Papadopoulos’ activities.”
Sam Clovis was the supervisor of Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos recently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Clovis appeared to encourage Papadopoulos to engage with Russian contacts; in one instance Clovis responded directly to Papadopoulos, hailing him for his “great work” and saying “I would encourage you” to “make the trip, if it is feasible”, referring to a trip the young campaign adviser pitched to go abroad.